New Artist Toys

posted May 15, 2015, 9:59 PM by Kate Studio Art
It was an indulgent purchase and I do feel a little guilty, but I bought a "Cricut Air" the other day. A Cricut is a home die-cutting machine and I am hoping it will be the perfect tool for my paintings, cards and eventually, maybe I can figure out a way to use it with my fused glass.  

The green mat is the cutting board, and the pallette knife, formerly a knife for applying molding paste, now serves to wedge the cut papers off the mat.

The black vinyl will be great for making letters stick on canvas, and the deep cutting blade I'll be using to cut cardboard and balsa wood later.

At the moment, I have a love-hate relationship with it.  It is supposed to be easy.  It's not.  I've been trying hard to understand how to use it for all my wants and needs, and I still have not mastered it. (refer to blog below on  - "I'm not a techie!")

What I do love about it is that when it works for me, it is bliss!  Recently, I painted some papers using a Gelli plate and put them through the machine and it cut them like butter!  Here is my latest piece of art using the Cricut for the bird and the lettering.  Please wish me luck in making this machine my b___ch and creating some thought provoking, wall-worthy new art.