Many moons ago, I worked at CERF+ (it was called CERF back then). During my time there, Craig Nutt came on board as the director of programs. After nearly ten years with the organization, Craig recently retired from his position to return to work in his furniture studio. By the way, you must click on his name and check out his furniture – it’s fabulous.
I was contacted by Cornelia Carey, CERF+’s executive director, to create a commemorative book for Craig. As I mentioned in this post, individual pages were sent to 100 people to create a piece for inclusion in the book. Participants had two months to complete their work, after which the pages were collected and given to me for binding.
Now that the book has been presented to Craig, I can show you what I’ve been up to! Today’s post focuses my page – yep, I got to make one too!
For my design, I posterized a photo of Craig in Photoshop Elements to reduce it to three shades. I created a rectangular border around his head, adding text to it in white.
As I mentioned in this post, I painted three sheets of Tyvek for the project. I started with the medium shade of grey, which was the base of my piece. I attached a sheet of CODA cold-mount double release adhesive to the Tyvek and scored the back liner with an X-Acto knife. I then taped the Tyvek to the back of my template.
My first task was to cut out all of the light grey areas.
Once that was done, I peeled off the adhesive liner on the back.
I took the light grey sheet of Tyvek and stuck it to the back of the medium grey sheet.
I then cut out the areas around Craig’s head, leaving tabs at the top and bottom. When assembled, the text border would overlap the tabs.
On to the next layer!
I attached a sheet of adhesive to the black piece of Tyvek and scored the back liner with an X-Acto knife. I taped the Tyvek to the back of another copy of my template. I started work on the letters.
Cutting through the layers of paper, Tyvek, and adhesive was tough when it came to the letters. I really, really hate the letter S now. It’s EVIL. Thankfully, the Tyvek didn’t come out all chewed up like the paper template.
Once all of the letters were cut (it took a lloonnngggg time), I trimmed the edges of the border.
At this point, all I had left were the details – the dark areas on Craig’s face. I slapped adhesive on more black Tyvek and got to work.
The small bits really made the portrait come to life. This piece…
Then more hair…
…and a mustache.
Don’t forget the eyebrows…
Finally, it was time to assemble the pieces. I trimmed the tabs on Craig’s head and peeled off the adhesive liner. I used another copy of the template to help me place his head in the right spot.
Once the head was in place, I slowly attached the border, making sure that it was straight and overlapped the tabs in the right places.
And then BAM! It was done.
Then I stared at it for a long time. I couldn’t believe it was finished!
A couple of days later, I wrote a message to Craig on the bottom of the piece and signed it.
I feel like this post is making it sound like this project was easy peasy. It wasn’t. Unfortunately, I didn’t do a good job of tracking my time on this project but trust me – it took hours.
Would I do it again? Absolutely! Cutting Tyvek is really fun and it’s easier to work with than paper – it doesn’t tear as easily.
Some tips for cutting Tyvek:
- Change that X-Acto blade. Often. It makes a huge difference.
- Weights can be your best friend. They help keep the paper from slipping while you work.
- If you find yourself getting frustrated – walk away from it and take a break. You will make more mistakes if you’re agitated when you work.
- Don’t rush it – slow and steady is the way to go.
My next post will focus on the construction of Craig’s book – stay tuned!