Original simple Crayola maker sketch.
Color studies in Illustrator.
After saving the vector in Illustrator, I got the help of my local Makerspace to upload the file to the laser cutting server. We removed some anchor points from the vector and sent it to the machine, which etched an outline of my drawing.
Laser cutting complete.
Next round: I played with the location of each leaf and added an organic outer contour. Here you see my AI file being processed by the PC that drives the laser cutter.
Jim from Sector67 Makerspace helps me pull out the negative shape after the machine has finished its work.
I was so surprised that almost all of the delicated leaves made it without breaking. This is 1/8"-thick plywood, which is pretty thin for such detail.
I found this beautiful (plastic, can you believe it?) ceiling tile at the hardware store and shot the cutouts with window light.
The view through my finished piece as I stare into the woods. 

You may also like

Pretty You
Mixed media on canvas board
2015
Lasercut Letterforms
I'm working my own handwriting into a typeface project that includes wood and photography. My first step was to lasercut my marker-drawn caps out of wood.
2015
Floral 1
2017
What are you waiting for?
My exploration of a stitch called the French knot. Embroidery floss on linen.
2013
Hear the Fear
Embroidered letterforms on cotton
2015
Six
Personal mixed media project.
2015
Crabapples
2017
Abby
Personal project. Part of #the100daychallenge
2016
Thank You for Your Hospitality
Personal project. Mixed media on canvas.
2015
Leaves
Photograph and drawn Norfolk Island Pine fronds in digital watercolor.
2016
Back to Top