Scrapbooked Cat

I’ve always shied away from using scrapbooking paper in my illustrations. I made the assumption long ago that using mass-produced, store-bought patterns would dilute my style of all it’s uniqueness. And so, working around this, I found ways to make my own patterned/textured paper using paints and stamps.

Last weak I loosened my pride a bit, and gave into experimenting with some available scrapbooking sheets. Using my boyfriend’s Balinese cat as my subject, I set out to recreate her transitional fur colouring using only the paper at hand. The tiny printed patterns proved very useful in this challenge, and I’m very happy with the results.

What I previously thought would dilute actually enhanced.




And here’s a photo of the lovely lady herself. Toy is her name. She enjoys climbing up ladders, watching movies on your lap and eating the occasional piece of bacon now and then. She loathes the vacuum cleaner. (Photo Credit: Kevin C. W. Wong)


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