October 2, 2017
Christine Weigand - Painting with
October meeting featured the artistic talents of Christine
Weigand, demonstrating Painting with Cut Paper. Her
unique artwork was also featured on PBS IdeaStream’s Applause.
As an introduction to her artwork, Christine, with the help of her
husband, set up the Applause video for us to view....see link below.
It’s well worth viewing, as it shows her various cut paper
‘paintings’, from landscapes to architecture to animals, and more.
You will be amazed at what she creates with cut paper. We all
Christine first demonstrated for us about 10 years ago. Her
art has certainly expanded since then. It all started when she
created a scrapbook for her in-laws for Christmas, cutting out
clipart and layering pieces, creating a beautiful family keepsake.
That’s when she thought..."why not expand this into something unique
using my own photographs."
uses Photoshop to compose, crop and simplify the lines in her image,
then prints it out. Working three dimensionally, she figures
out how to build the picture, cutting out each layer from different
shades of card stock, working dark to light. She tries to go
no more than 6 layers for small pieces. She purchases card
stock from Joanne’s or Pat Catan’s...”grays and greens work the
best.” “It’s easier to keep the palate neutral and then
add a touch of color.” She sometimes uses an adhesive backed
paper, which she makes herself. Using a hot glue machine that
she has at home, she adds the glue and a ‘release’ wax paper to the
back of card stock. Other times, she will use a sponge top
glue stick or an all purpose glue adhesive. Her favorite
cutting tool is a Craft knife from Martha Stewart. It’s
round shape makes it easier to hold. Bigger pieces can take
her up to 60 hours to complete, while smaller pieces can be done in
a couple of hours. She does a lot of commission work...the
most popular subjects are dogs and houses.
Christine chose to demonstrate how to create a rose....though I
was personally disappointed she did not chose a cat. The
whole audience, of over 35 members and guests, watched in awe as she
added layer upon layer of cut paper, and a beautiful rose appeared
before us on the screen. Watch this Applause video...Christine
starts at 19:13.
Fall Harvest was the theme for the evenings refreshments,
served to us by Sandi Richards and Ellen Howard.
Goodies included...a veggie tray (broccoli disappeared fast),
fruit kabobs, homemade kielbasa (Ellen’s family recipe), apple
spice cake, nut melt-aways, brownies (Aunt Audrey’s) and fall