Paper Cutting Habitats :: Habitats em papel

One of the things that I have been enjoying lately is the creation of habitats made from paper, often complemented with polymer clay accessories. I have always thought of creating some sort of environment for the species in Creatureshire and it took me a few attempts to find something that worked. I had tried watercolour backgrounds but it was only when I started using paper cutting scenarios that I started to feel the creatures at ease in their own home.

The first scenarios I made in paper were for the bear collection: a forest for the grizzly and the black bears, and an iceberg landscape for the polar bear. Since then I have worked on some more scenarios and I am getting more at ease with the medium.

It has been a huge learning curve and I feel that I still have a lot to learn, but I am also having a lot of fun doing it. I get really surprised once I start looking at the photographs and everything seems to be in place.

Have you been enjoying the new habitats? I would love to have your feedback and suggestions!


Uma das coisas de que tenho gostado recentemente é a criação de habitats em papel, por vezes complementados com massa polimérica. Sempre pensei em criar algum tipo de ambiente para as espécies em Creatureshire e demorou alum tempo até encontrar algo que funcionasse. Experimentei cenários em aguarelas, mas só quando comecei a usar papel é que achei que as criaturas se sentiam em casa.

Os primeiros cenários que fiz foram para a coleção dos Ursos: um floresta para os ursos pardos e para os ursos negros; e uma paisagem com icebergs para o urso polar. Desde essa altura trabalhei em mais alguns cenários e estou a ficar mais confortável a fazê-los.

Tem sido um grande processo de aprendizagem e sinto que ainda tenho muito para aprender, mas também me tenho divertido imenso. Fico sempre surpreendida quando olho para as fotografias e as coisas parecem estar no lugar certo.

E vocês, têm gostado dos novos habitats? Se quiserem deixem as vossas opiniões e sugestões.

White rhinos wandering through the lush grass

Experimenting with watercolours. The white rhino series in a lush savanna.

Bear collection - Black bears

The first scenario using a paper cutting technique: a forest for the bear collection

An Adélie penguin brooch sits on an ice sheet before diving

An Adélie penguin brooch sits on an ice sheet before diving

Pandas in the forest

A bamboo forest made for the panda series

A pond in the Spring to present the Spring collection

A pond in the Spring to present the Spring collection

A beaver and its dam... that was hard work!

A beaver and his dam.

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