I often encounter ideas, pictures, and tutorials I want to try with cutting. I'll see a picture and wonder if it would look good cut out of paper. Usually it just looks best as it is, drawn. But I still try out new ideas as often as I can. There's so much possibility.
Less frequently than new ideas, comes a new type of paper. I predominantly buy what I have from my local art shop, which informs me that it is the largest in South London. I'm inclined to believe them. However, this means I rarely find a new colour, shape, or texture in the paper I work with. I went looking for some pre-cut 12 x 12 pieces since I find the cutting of the actual paper itself to shape, rather annoying. I admit, it's sheer laziness. I bought a variety of pre cut 12 x 12 squares in heavy paper.
Whenever I try out a new piece of paper I usually draw out a map I'd like to give to someone. I find immense satisfaction in giving it away. Also, if it fails, no one will know. This one aimed to be a map of Evanston, IL. The current residence of a number of very dear friends.
You can see that the heavier paper was harder to work with as it's more fibrous. I eventually cleaned some of this up, but you can see at the corners and a bit on the smaller lines that the paper starts to tuft slightly.
The final piece was indeed much more hearty, but slightly less polished in final appearance than expected. I went through about 20 or so blades with this project. I really enjoyed how durable it felt, the texture of the paper, and its slightly creamy color. It is a piece of Parche Marque 200 gsm paper.