Celebration Freebird Papercut

Papercut Freebird on slub-silk background
How the papercut design looked in Illustrator with a coloured fill.

I designed the bird some time ago; it came to life as a pencil and paper drawing, was then scanned and imported into Illustrator for tracing.

Designing for a papercut means paying attention to legibility, that it will cut in one piece and not lose any bits that are meant to be part of the design. After loads of tweaking, the tedious stuff, I eventually settled on the design above.