This month has been off to such a busy start, and shows no signs of slowing down. I’ve been diligently working on the desktop wallpapers for the rest of year, and trying to get back into painting again as well. It is definitely tough when life hits you, and you’re in your third trimester of pregnancy. I’m doing my best to go with the flow (which is my word for this year), and also let things come at a more natural pace. I’ve cleared the last three months of this year from any self-imposed obligations, and I hope to spend as much time with the new little one before diving back in!
As for the title of this post, I just had to share how much I love my new Olfa knife! It is my new favorite tool on the art table. This past year I’ve taken a little bit of a detour and explored different ways of creating my illustrations. Cutting out certain elements emerged, and then putting them together digitally. It has been so much fun to see the possibilities of creating this way, but I had one big roadblock with my X-Acto knives. The blades just kept coming loose every time I tried to cut, and they would dull just cutting through paper so quickly. I started out on a search for other solutions, found Olfa, and am now happily cutting away! So if you’re like me, or just want to try this technique I definitely recommend splurging on a Olfa. The good thing is they really aren’t all that expensive. Here are just a few elements from the September wallpaper that i’ve been working on.