A close friend has been under a lot of stress lately, and is really down. I wanted to make her something that would lift her spirits anytime she saw it. There were a lot of cutouts that I wanted to use for another purpose. In the end, I made a gift, a wall plaque and a goofy yin-yang symbol. (I’ll paint it next time; Sharpies didn’t meet my needs on this one.)
This is the gift. (object is 5" diameter, and I used a piece of 6" square origami paper as the background)
Painted with brown acrylic, after selective removal of the mask.
I glued some of the cutouts onto waste from one of the cuts, after I scored the waste piece. The 3-D effect is bothersome, I think.
I need to tweak this design a bit before I offer it here. The last time I used Illustrator was in 2006; I used to be a master. Today was sort of like trying to re-learn a language I once knew well. Plus, I’m using a vintage 2003 Macbook–it can be hard to see the fine detail for positioning multiples. The score lines of the center motif are lasered thru two passes in different directions, so I’m going to need to delete the overlaps in the file.
Many years ago I was a jeweler, and hand-cut the design in silver for a pendant I made. (Jeweler’s saw with a super-fine blade. I domed the metal first, then cut the design. Otherwise, it distorts.)