Geometric Animals

As a keen recyclist and upcyclist, I always try to challenge myself to find ways to make work without having to resort to buying new resources when old materials can be used, so I started with scrap paper – picked up the orange sleeve cover that you get on moleskin sketchbook from my recycling bag.
The orange sleeve is cut up in random shapes and sizes, and recomposed into animal forms. Since I can use both side of the pieces I try to play with colour co-ordination and try to use as much of the pieces as possible without throwing any away; all the little trimmed bits were used on the bird tail.

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It was really fun rearranging and trying out different pieces to see what animal I can build; some I can almost figure out with the shape by deciding what animal I’m thinking of going to make. It’s quite nice to see what you can produce with these limitations and at the same time exercise your mind in thinking graphically (in terms of shape composition and use of colour).

Worth trying out if you have lots of scrap paper at home – particularly if you have coloured/textured/line/spotted paper and with text… who knows what crazy things you can build! 😀


Work in progress- flower paper cuts

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After looking through the flower illustrations that I’ve done, I tried out some paper cut outs with off-outs of paper. It turned out pretty nice although quite rough on the edges…. I may do a few selections of these and make some more!

Book Binding

It’s been a while since I last bookbind something and thought I’ll learn some new binding methods: coptic stitch binding and whirlwind binding. (Somehow I’ve made a whole box of them haha)
I feel it’s also time for me to use velted paper and leftover off cuts to customise the book covered…

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Coptic stitch binding is really good for making sketchbook because you can open the book flat like a spread and looks very professional-like.

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Whirlwind binding was introduced in Ancient China. This method is good for pages in different length (preferably in descending length) and can be stored like a scroll. It can be binded in anyway on one side as long as it’s thin enough for it to be rolled up easily.
I’ve used velted paper for the cover and wind around with a long string. I’ve realised that the string sticks onto the velvet and it stays, so it doesn’t need to be tied down- very convenient.


Narrative project based on 2 words taken from newspaper headlines: crocodile and New York.

“A mad scientist discovered an egg during in a forest, he took and looked after it until it hatched…. and transformed it into a cyborg, it eventually escaped but it saw a drunk guy and attacked him with it’s bazooka….. turns out it was all just a dream~”

I’ve made small watercolour concertina book which tell part 1 and part 2 of the story on both side, ribbons are attached at the end so it can be closed