Two ladies and a whole lotta wool
One of the joys of working at Penguin is that me and Charlie get to go to some really exciting, creative events, and the one we went to a couple of weeks ago has to be one of our all time favourites! To celebrate the launch of the book Gretel and the Dark, Penguin invited some teenagers from Spinebreakers to do a paper cutting class with the wonderful Poppy Chancellor.
Poppy drew a wonderful, fairy tale silhouette on some black paper for us to cut out and, being crafty partners in crime, Charlie and I decided to share. Of course everything had to join up so it could be cut out, and we had to keep a close eye on what was meant to be cut and what was meant to be the image!
We got chatting to Poppy and we were really pleased to learn that she runs all sorts of fab classes at Material Gallery and Bookshop. I have to confess, I have well and truly caught the bug. Poppy gave us some stencils to practice with at home so when my friends had their house warming I couldn’t resist having a go:
Naturally I couldn’t resist getting some washi tape involved!
All you need is some paper, a cutting mat, a craft knife, some glue and perhaps a metal ruler (if you’re planning on doing straight lines!) A tip for light coloured paper: if you draw your design on the paper backwards with pencil, you don’t need to worry about any unsightly lines when it’s finished – just turn it over! However if that’s too confusing you can always make sure you draw really lightly and erase as you go along. What do you think of my birthday card for my birdie friend?
Charlie has followed this post up with a book-related giveaway here.