The big fairy in the upper left was my first attempt at sizing and capturing the feel of the vision from my head. Then, I used that size to scale down (bottom left). I just eyeballed it and used my pen to measure. As you can see there are plenty of ghost sketches and what I preveiously would have classeified as "mistakes". But, knowing I was only trying to capture the feel and get a line dark enough to use for cutting out, I let the "mistakes" go. The picture on the right shows the final cut out fairy, in reverse that I put into the page as though she's just perching on the block words and running her fingers through the butterfly dust trail. Reminds me of energy or the flow from Flowdreaming. I was tickled to see that my cruddy looking pen sketches could help me create such a glorious paper cut. Wow! I did that?! Yay!
This guy to the left is partially finished, but he's a happy little sprite. Good thing too. The clay I worked with was ridiculously hard and did not warm easily. I created him at a beach retreat and had no plans, vision, or pre-conceived notion of what my results "should" be. And out came this magical little sprite. "...How lovely!" to quote Madam Mimm.