Stacey Elaine Hand Cuts Animals Out of Tissue Paper

Stacey Elaine’s artwork sits at a crossroads between paper art and illustration. Each piece is made by layers of tissue paper (the kind used as gift wrap), that are hand-cut carefully and then gently applied onto heavy hot press watercolor paper.

A mother of two young sons, Elaine admits that she tends to her art during her kids’ naps. Each piece can take anything between a few hours to a few days to complete. “I often have only a vague idea of what I want to make when I get to work,” she notes on her website adding that sometimes the end result is vastly different from what she originally had in mind.

“My love of animals and color is unabashedly on display in my pieces, and I hope they bring you as much joy when you view them as it brings me to create them,” she writes. Indeed, her work reflects her love for the patterns and shapes found in nature. Tigers, monkeys, and snakes are all to be expected, alongside paper-cut plants, colored in black, pink, and blue.

“I’m drawn to the bold contrast between the saturated colors of the tissue paper and the bright white background upon which they are adhered,” says Elaine. Take a look at some of her work in the gallery below and share with us your favorites.