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Barbican Conservatory inspired botanical paper cut

Barbican Conservatory inspired botanical paper cut

A few weeks ago now I had a morning to myself as I had booked on a papercutting workshop. I hadn’t cut anything in a while so I was hoping that the Barbican Conservatory inspired workshop would encourage me to start getting creative again.

I love the Barbican, having worked next to it for nearly 10 years. It’s such an interesting part of London and I was very happy to be back for the workshop. I arrived and our small group was told more about the Barbican Conservatory inspired papercut we were going to work on.

Barbican Conservatory inspired botanical paper cut

We were given a selection of botanical templates, a cutting mat and scalpel. There was also a huge selection of coloured card to choose from. The workshop was taken by Hannah, otherwise known as utensils0. She’s a paper artist who I’ve admired for a while. She talked us through the basics of papercutting but I was itching to get started!

Barbican Conservatory inspired botanical paper cut

I tried my hand at cutting all the different leaves, using a selection of different coloured card. We were shown different ways of putting our plants together to make our own Barbican Conservatory. I ran out of time (2 hours goes way toooo fast) so took everything home to finish off.

Barbican Conservatory inspired botanical paper cut

It took me a few weeks to finish off my papercut, but I finally found a clear table and some time to myself. I have a supply of different glue products from working with Bostik so used the micro dots to attach the leaves where I wanted them.

Barbican Conservatory inspired botanical paper cut

Hannah gave me the white frame of the conservatory and Barbican sign to complete the Barbican Conservatory inspired botanical paper cut. The micro dots made it really simple to attach tiny dabs of glue along the white card. You remove the plastic backing from the sheet, then rub the sheet where you need the glue.

Barbican Conservatory inspired botanical paper cut

I left a few leaves sticking out of my conservatory to give it an overgrown look. The finished result is really fun and a lovely addition to my papercut collection.


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    Rebecca | AAUBlog
    November 18, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    I have been to the Barbican and it is so lovely in there – really amazed me that it was all hidden away in there. This looks like a fun craft!

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    michelle twin mum
    November 18, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    You are so clever withyoru apercuts, I’m alway in awe of your patience and skill. This is fabulous. Mich x

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    November 19, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Wow, that is beautiful! I’ve never been to the Barbican, I’ve walked past a few times but never actually been inside. I need to rectify that!

    Katie xoxo

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    November 19, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Oh I loved the way this turned out! I didn’t know The Barbican offered classes like this so I will definitely have to check those out, our office is right next to The Barbican!

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    Sally Akins
    November 19, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    This looks fabulous, and how lovely that the Barbican are running workshops like this!

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    Nayna Kanabar
    November 19, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    These cut outs look so pretty, I love crafting items.I would love to do a class like this.

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    November 20, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    What a fun and unique workshop, love that the Barbican is running this

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    Laura Schwormstedt
    November 22, 2018 at 7:22 am

    These paper cuts are soo cool and creative and I love the finished look!! Very cool

    Laura x

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    Angela Ricardo Bethea
    November 23, 2018 at 10:26 am

    I am sure you did enjoy your day doing some crafts!

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