Despite a short stint at the hippest drawing class in lower Manhattan hosted by a Columbia art professor/rock musician, I can really only manage stick figures. Really, I just never developed my upper-body coordination properly playing entirely too much soccer and trying to be a Tae Kwon Do ninja, or something. Or, perhaps I was just born clumsy. I can’t really blame falling down my boyfriend’s stairs the second week of dating on my sport’s history can I?
This personal fact of clumsiness is unfortunate but nonetheless manageable with the glories of crafting technology. The generosity of crafting bloggers who share templates, clipart and patterns never ceases to amaze me. When creating homemade cards or personalizing T-shirts, I can trace and branch out beyond “stick man” and “flower.” Recently, I’ve noticed another no-drawing-skills powerhouse that I have not yet explored: the paper punch.
Where have I been that I thought hole punches came in small sizes only? For example, Martha Stewart offers this giant butterfly punch and I am absolutely smitten, especially since the very clever Ali Edwards used said punch to create this:
That is gorgeous no? I’m pretty sure I can do that and I WILL be doing that soon. While I love that it does not take extreme drawing or cutting skills to create these little butterflies, the fact that the project recycles junk mail or old magazines is even better.
I’m just waiting for these giant punches to come out in completely unexpected shapes. I want to make one of little octopodes (what Oxford dictionary recommends for the plural of octopus, fun grammar fact!).