paper cut elephant

This weekend has been an exciting one for my family as my sister and her boyfriend got engaged yesterday! I only have one sister, so I’m looking forward to all the wedding planning, dress shopping and fun in the run up to the big day in October. I’m sure there will be some wedding-related art and crafts going on too!

While my sister was busy being proposed to and my Mum was at the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show with her friend in Manchester, my Dad came up to spend the day with me. We had a lovely morning eating cake, drinking tea and wandering around the museum in Barnstaple before heading off in search of some geocaches. We were a little more successful than last time, finding three of the five we were looking for.

Today has been an equally lovely day as Sam and I have made the most of the sunshine with a walk along the Tarka trail from Braunton, followed by lunch at the Fremington Quay Cafe and a short walk at Westward Ho! It felt like a shame to come back inside this afternoon, but my cutting board was calling!

I’ve been working on an elephant filled with Indian-style mandala patterns which is taking a very long time to cut, but it’s going well so far!

paper cut elephant

I drew it all out by hand, then photocopied and printed it on A4 paper to cut.

paper cut elephant

52 Faces

This week’s face belongs to my dad! It’s drawn from a photo taken on a walk along the coast at the end of last year. I thought it was about time I drew someone I knew!

miniature portrait

Dad is number six in my 52 faces series and this is a New Year’s Resolution I’ve been enjoying keeping!

miniature portrait

Get your mitts on my map…

Finally, if you would like to get a copy of Le Boat’s Thames Guide featuring my map, you can order your own to be delivered to your door free of charge!

Kingston towards London

I’m sharing this post on the following blogs:Β The Queen of Creativity, Handmade HarbourΒ andΒ Blue Chair Diary Illustrations!


Congratulations to your sister and wow on that elephant -the level of detail is incredible. You must have such a steady hand! I love the drawing of your dad – it’s tiny!

Can I just say “wow”! Your elephant is looking fantastic. The drawing of your dad is lovely, how small are your drawings, you are going to have a fabulous collection by the end of the year. Xx

Ordered my brochure too. And as we haven’t arranged a holiday yet for the summer, it has made me think that one on a boat might be fun. The picture of your Dad is great. You get such details into a small drawing.

I’ll have to take commission at this rate πŸ˜› Hope you like the brochure when it arrives, thanks for your lovely comment πŸ™‚

Congratulations to your sister! How wonderful! πŸ™‚ Your elephant is seriously amazing! It must take you hours and hours to create such delicate and beautiful detail! Wow! Keep it up with your faces challenge. You’re doing well!!! πŸ™‚

Thanks Alexandra! It’s getting harder to decide who to draw each week, even just 6 weeks in. By the end of the year I’ll be drawing a very random selection of people, I’m sure!

Congratulations to your sister and her husband to be. I bet you family are really looking forward to the big day.
You are so talented. The elephant is so beautiful. I’m glad you’ve shown us the final map, it’s amazing. I love seeing your portraits they are so crisp. Hope your Dad was pleased with it.
Ali xx

Hi Ali, thank you for the congratulations! We’re all really excited and have been talking about plans already! I think Dad was a bit miffed there wasn’t more hair in his portrait… πŸ™‚

Aww that’s such a lovely drawing of your Dad, i bet he’s proud of his super talented daughter πŸ™‚ The elephant looks amazing, i’m excited to see it when its all done!

Just ordered the map – yay! So excited to see it ‘in person’! πŸ™‚

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