Thursday, November 12, 2009

Family Portrait

In this 'portrait' I loved juxtaposing this sophisticated lady with her playful cat. For so many people, pets are important family members, providing  companionship, love and enjoyment.
I used a variety of papers to create this picture, as well as very fine pigma pens and colored pencils.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Queen of Soul

I saw Aretha Franklin last week - or rather,  experienced  the lady's essence - in a wonderful concert in Boston! A true diva, with a magical voice and range!
After finding the perfect red glitter paper for her gown, I decided to do a paper cut of Aretha - simple and clean. I drew her face after looking at many, many pictures of her on the web. Hope I did her justice!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009


This papercut picture was made for my good friend Janice,
who does beautiful artwork
which she shares with me
all through the year.
Happy Birthday, Janice!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


I finished this scrolled vine today after adding more and more elements until I had to tell myself to stop! I think it looks like stained glass and I'm happy with the colors. This is the first creative thing I've done in weeks, other than making curtains, and it feels good to get moving again!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Paper Roses

Original Papercut by Judy Hartman

I was working on this papercut tonight while listening to old episodes of The Donna Reed Show on
As I sat out on my porch with windows open and a cool breeze coming through, I couldn't help but drink in the 
peacefulness of the evening and the innocence of the 1950's situation comedy. 
The simplicity of thepaper roses 
seemed fitting for the mood 
of the evening.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Evening Song

Original design by Judy Hartman

I did this paper cut this afternoon, using scrapbook paper, scissors and an exacto knife. It's funny - I meant to draw the design on the patterned side of the black paper, so that the black side would face out. I had already done the drawing on the black side when I realized my mistake! I decided to continue on and I think it turned out to be a happy accident! I like the look of the outline broken up by the stars. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great weekend!

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Today I'm beginning a new blog about my interest in paper arts.
For years, I've worked exclusively in fabric, but, with the recent wave of interest in scrapbooking, I couldn't help but notice all those enticing, printed papers out there in the craft stores! I did start a scrapbook at one point, but soon lost interest in that as I realized the potential of using decorative paper just as I would use fabric in applique pictures. So I began collecting paper and now have an absurdly large stash of both paper and fabric (along with, of course - ribbons, laces, embellishments, etc.)!! I've also noticed some amazing paper artists on the web, whose work I hope to show here. 
I'm kicking things off with this little bird, made with a paper outline and a paper doily. A couple of weeks ago I did a lace bird tutorial on my other blog, Fabric Art & Crafts, which you can find here. The bird can be made with either fabric lace or a paper doily.
Time will tell whether I can keep up with two blogs, but for now - thanks for stopping by!