Of Music and Papercuts

If you’ve been following my blog, you’d probably know by now that some, if not most, of my works are inspired by songs from my favorite artists. (Click here to get a view of what I’m talking about).

Fresh from watching their concert in Manila two nights ago, I remembered I made a papercut a couple months back about One Republic’s first album.

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I made use of my newly bought stone paper back then, which is very ideal for papercutting. I just wish I could find something with less thickness.

The concert was one for the books. I could rave about how Ryan Tedder and his fellow band members rocked the night away but it’d take you days to finish reading this post. So, I’ll just leave you with a video of one of their songs from their new album, Native.

One Republic – Counting Stars

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With A Smile

To those who grew up in the 90s in the Philippines, one would have lived under a rock to not know the Eraserheads.

Eraserheads, or E-Heads was a Filipino Rock band of the 90s, formed by Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro. The band is one of the most successful, most influential, critically acclaimed, and significant bands in the history of OPM (Original Pilipino Music).

Sadly, the group disbanded in 2002 after spending a good 13 years in the music industry. And while I was only 17 back then, I was one of those who grieved for OPM’s great loss.

But of course, their music lives on. Even until now. As a small tribute by yours truly, I decided to make a papercut of a line from one of their songs which was a big hit back then. Hence, the blog title.

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Here’s a closer look at my project:

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For the full lyrics, click here.

Notice the material I used as background? That’s burlap, a woven fabric usually made in the town of Naga in the Bicol region. I had to search for this elusive fabric everywhere. Good thing a friend told me where I can find one. πŸ™‚
Here are the sinamays that I also bought at the craft store selling burlaps:

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I’ve got to say, I loved making this project. Brought back a lot of memories. If you’re not familiar with the Eraserheads, here’s a video of the song that inspired my papercut.

With A Smile – Eraserheads

Into the Wild

InΒ The How’s of Papercutting, I mentioned something about how I have so many ideas for my next papercutting projects. Sometimes, though, there are more ideas that stem from these “idea projects”, i.e., projects I want to do over and over. With that in mind, I decided to come up with a series of projects that I’d be doing for some time.

First up, the Wild Child series — inspired by the flower child rage in the 70s. And for my first project under this series, I made something that’s quite easy to do. Pardon the un-70’s feel of this project, as I am just on the experimental stage (in other words, I’m still unsure about what I’ve come up with!).

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I already have a next project in mind. Blogging it soon! But for now, I’ll leave you with a video of an awesome song by the awesome artist L.P.

Signal Fire

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One of my favorite projects to date is a line from Snow Patrol’s Signal Fire. It appears on Spider-Man 3’s soundtrack, particularly, in the movie’s end credits. A little trivia: did you know that the song was initially offered to the movie Shrek the Third? Good thing it got rejected as I do not think it’s fitting to be in an animated film.

Moving on from my love for the song (and the band!), this project took me more than an hour to make. I’ve always wanted to do something in an infinity pattern and a project with different kinds of birds. I decided to combine the two and came up with this:

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Notice how I connected all the letters just like a strikethrough text. I wasn’t sure about this at first as it might make the text hard to read. I was quite relieved it turned out fine. I also kept the leaves and flowers to a minimum as I didn’t want to make it too crowded. The birds weren’t that difficult to make too, though I had to google some bird outlines for basis. Cutting the tiny holes for birds’ eyes was another story. If anyone knows what tool I can use for them, please do tell! πŸ™‚

Ending this post by sharing Signal Fire’s music video. Enjoy!

Play and Pause

One of my favorite subjects for my papercutting projects is lyrics from my fave songs. They’re the easiest to make but are the most meaningful when finished.

Not a lot of people know it, but music has been a big part of my life ever since I was little. When I was younger, I would keep a notebook filled with handwritten lyrics of all my favorite songs. We had no internet back then (I can’t believe I’m that old >_<) and I had to pause and play my recordings from the radio just to listen to the lyrics and write them down. Whew! What a difference a couple of decades makes, huh? Thank goodness for Google now!

Here are some of the "song projects" I've done. Can you guess which songs they're from? Tell me which one's your favorite too πŸ™‚

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Rainy Days and Mondays Always Make Me Emo

It’s the rainy season yet again and while it’s not my favorite season (then again, we only have 2 seasons so I can also say it’s my next favorite season, but i digress…), I can’t say I don’t enjoy the cool weather it brings. Bring out a cup of hot cocoa, some emo music, and a little bit of inspiration, and you’ve got this:

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This latest song by Paramore has been on loop in my ipod (and in my head) for a while. I just love the lyrics, hence, the inclusion in my artwork. Take a listen, maybe you’ll like it too πŸ™‚

Still Into You – Paramore