This web site collection "Scissorcraft.com" consists of images I've illustrated over the span of my entire life.
When I was young I dreamed of being a graphic artist. Like many other youngsters I practiced recreating cartoons from Draw ME ads which only promised an art scolarship to the winner but guaranteed repeated solicitations to enroll.
Mindfulness, the dictionary defines "the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something," and "a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique." As a self-taught artist I believe that creativity is a form of meditation or mindfulness. When I illustrate, sculpt, paint or work on a research project for a new scissorcraft theme, time has no meaning and life issues seem to melt away.
Most of these images are from my own personal collection of doodles and sketches I've created through the years. Some are reflections of my moods during boring office meetings or doodles while waiting on telephone hold and listening to monsterous on-hold music.
I save every sketch and doodle, because I can't bear to lose the tiniest creation. They become like little spirits with lives of their own begging to grow.
Scissorcraft began when the grandchildren arrived in early 2000. One of my favorite images in scissorcraft is the cookie dough pattern printable for a Gingerbread House design I drew in 1980's. Every Thanksgiving season we baked and decorated gingerbread houses made from this pattern, and the children then proudly presented them to their favorite elementry school teachers. We followed that tradition every year for about 5 years. At my last parent teacher meeting one one teacher confided that when teachers received their student lists each year the teachers always discussed which would win the gingerbread houses.
Scissorcraft proves useful to day care providers, senior activities, classroom teachers, parents, guardians and college students. Adult color book activities help to relax after a stressful day. Images constantly added and updated to refresh or replace the old and funky.
I illustrate with young children in mind as my audience. My images are simple, uncomplicated and easy to apply to various mediums. Scissorcraft is a gold mine for day care providers, senior activities, classroom teachers, parents, guardians and even university college students. When I entertain children or attend a holiday function with children, I print a selection of images, grab a box ot two of crayons and bring to the festivities.
The best part about hands-on creativity, no matter what the media, crayons, water colors, clay, paper mache, the artist creator feels the satisfaction of having created something real, physical to hold, admire, sell or give as a gift to a loved one or friend.
Scissorcraft contains no advertising interruptioms, no popups or inappropriate content surprises and may be safely used in classrooms with youngsters.
Printable images, puzzles and crafts suitable for a wide variety of paper craft projects including:
A low cost, yearly subscription membership, is perfect for schools, Sunday Schools, Day Care facilities, classroom display.
Scissorcraft is minutely small in the grand scheme of the Internet, but, like a grain of sand in the mouth of an oyster, will continue to irritate for many years to come.