I Won’t Give Up

Whenever I am commissioned for a project to be given as a gift, my clients always inform me who the recipient is. While this information is something that they voluntarily give, I find it helpful in coming up with the details concerning the design and overall look of the project. For instance, if the recipient is a teenage girl who is very feminine, floral designs and pink frames are a safe choice; while if it is for a guy, the color scheme would normally consist of earth and neutral tones, and geometric lines for the design.

For this project, I was contacted through e-mail.  I can’t explain it, but I get really kilig whenever someone I don’t personally know contacts me for a commission. Must be the amateur crafter in me. Haha. Anyway, as I was saying, my client for this project requested a few lines from a song by Jason Mraz and a sketch of his (Mraz’s) face in one of his albums to be included in the papercut.

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I was more than willing to accept the project not only because I am a Mraz fan myself (and I love this song to bits and pieces), but also because I was told the papercut will be given as an anniversary gift to her husband. To be asked to make a personalized gift for a special someone — my favorite. I feel like Cupid, only with a crafting knife and pencil in hand, instead of bows and hearts. =) Oh, and fully clothed of course! Haha!

So… Here is the project:

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When my client first told me that the project is a song by Jason Mraz, I just knew the project must be all-white. I don’t really know why this immediately came to mind, I just thought this would give the desired effect I want on the project. Plus, it’s for a male recipient — I didn’t want too many colors. Looking at how it turned out, my instinct couldn’t have been more spot on 😉

Here’s the video, for those of you who might not be familiar with the song. I was lucky enough to watch Mraz perform this song in his concert in Manila last year. Such a talented artist, this man.

 

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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! 🙂

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