Chez Fred- Papercut Shopfront Commission

I recently completed a mega exciting commission for a local newly refurbed Fish & Chip restaurant called Chez Fred. The shopfront has been so beautifully refurbished with its striped awnings and luxurious gold accents, the attention to detail makes it so wonderfully striking! I was thrilled when lovely Fred the owner wanted to go SUPERSIZE with the commission as this meant I’d get to capture all those teeny tiny details. It’s the largest scale papercut I’ve completed to date and up there at the top of the list of favourite commissions I’ve worked on. A combination of the colours, symmetry, detailing, stripes (such a sucker for stripes!) and the fact that the commission had a personal touch to it too… I’ve been eating fish & chips here for a whole 28 years!… made it such such such a super project to work on! Here are some papercut Chez Fred ‘in the making’ snaps and the finished product at the bottom. I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Isobel barber papercut illustration flowers


Isobel barber papercut illustration typography


Isobel Barber desk


Isobel Barber Chez Fred restaurant


Isobel barber papercut building Chez fred


Isobel Barber papercut illustration buildings

Isobel x


Papercut poppy print

Following on from my previous post, here is another flowery papercut that I have turned into a repeat print. If you’d like to know how you can make your own, then check out my tutorial below… I should accompany this with a WARNING though: Creating repeat prints may become addicitive!

Isobel Barber

Isobel Barber


Have a beautiful day x

How to make a repeat pattern

I have been playing with repeat patterns a lot recently and thought it would be fun to do a little tutorial to show how very simple creating a repeatable tile can be. Take a peek below!…


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On a clean piece of paper create your design in the middle of the page, without letting any of the design touch the edges (this is very important!). I like to hand-cut and stick all my designs onto paper the trusty old fashioned way, and then scan them in to my computer. However, you can draw straight onto an illustration programme such as Adobe Photoshop if you prefer.



Once your design is complete you are going to cut your drawing in half- (scary I know). Once you have the two pieces, switch them (see picture 1). TIP: Saving as a new file after each step, so you can easily go back, will soften the stress caused by inevitable fluff-ups! Ensure to pristinely line up the two halves.

Next you are going to cut your drawing in half again the other way- (yikes!) and flip those pieces (see picture 2). Now your design should be on all edges only, with a big blank space in the middle. You can now fill this space with the rest of your design (see below). However, remember again- make sure your design does not touch any of the four edges of the paper.


Ready to repeat


Once you finish filling in any desired space, you now have your repeatable tile. This can now be repeated using Adobe Photoshop, or similar software. Voila!…


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Have a wonderful weekend x

Bankholiday boating

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Easter weekend. Here are a few snaps from mine 🙂 I am bursting at the seams with creative inspiration from all the beautiful botanical painted canal boats that I’ve seen this weekend. This coming week will mostly consist of working on some new floral print designs inspired by my trip. Photos to follow!


bankholiday boating

canalside cows


canal boat painting

canal boat painting

canal boat painting

Thanks for stopping by x