A Papercut Picnic!

I’m so excited to share the latest addition to my portfolio with you all, in the form of this oh-so-summery paper picnic scene! It is created entirely from cut paper and constructed with the help of a little a lot of bluetack! I love the 3D aspect that my work has been naturally evolving over the past year or so and I think the shadows add a real depth. This sunny little scene was used by Bridgeman Studio Berlin, and featured as their picture of the week in Germany! Fantastisch! Here’s the finished illustration and some behind the scenes snaps!


papercut picnic illustration Isobel Barber


Isobel Barber papercut outfit style


Isobel Barber paper food strawberries quiche picnic


Isobel Barber paper cutting desk umbrella


Isobel Barber pink lemonade 3d paper


Isobel Barber desk view 3d paper


Isobel Barber desk view 3d paper


Thanks for stopping by folks!

Isobel x



New papercut illustration… This healthy little number contains all of your 5 a day!

Isobel Barber paper illustration


Isobel Barber paper illustration health


Isobel Barber papercutting food illustration


Isobel Barber papercut food illustration


This colourful papercut scene was a self initiated project. Even with self-initiated projects I like to give myself a brief and my inspiration for this one came from the very lovely organic brand of baby food called Ella’s Kitchen.. Their lip smacking Spag Bol to be precise! I wanted to create something fresh, colourful, playful and food related for my portfolio and this was the outcome! (Boxes ticked, I think?!) The Ella’s Kitchen story is so adorable and the brand is admirably environmentally friendly too.. If you’d like to read about it, click here! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this new portfolio piece folks!

Isobel x

Who needs the 1st January to start a new resolution!…

Mine is going to start today! My resolution is to update my blog twice a week so I can share with you not just new work and projects I have completed, but also little snippets of my everyday life! Insights into what inspires and motivates me, behind the scenes photos of projects in the making, glimpses of the scrawled ideas I map out in my sketchbook and the everyday adventures and studio life of a paper cutting illustrator. I’d love for you to join me on my journey! You can follow by clicking the ‘Follow Blog via email’ button  to the right.

So, I shall start by introducing another of my passions… Baking! Not baking as many of you will know and enjoy. I like to healthy bake! The sort of baking that doesn’t involve a single gram of butter or refined sugar, but tastes like a sweet dream! I knock a batch of these healthy flapjacks up once, if not twice, a week. You can find the recipe below. Thank me later 🙂


Flapjacks healthy lifestyle blog


cath kinston radio whilst healthy baking lifestyle blog



4 large bananas

500g nuts of your choice (I usually use a bag of mixed, but whatever you prefer works!)

100g of raisins/sultanas

Tablespoon of cinnamon

Tablespoon of mixed spice

250g of oats

A radio tuned in to BBC R2 (preferably on a Sunday morn so you can catch Steve Wright’s Sunday morning love songs!) 🙂



  • Mash the bananas
  • Roughly chop the nuts and add to the mashed bananas
  • Add sultanas, spices and oats.
  • Shmoosh together until well combined
  • Line a baking tray with grease proof paper and grease with coconut/olive oil
  • Add mixture to tray, flatten and bake at 200 degrees C for twenty minutes
  • Allow to cool and then slice into snack size portions

Et voila! Thanks for stopping by! X

Cawston Press Radiant Roots

Jolly excited to share a new project I’ve been working on with you! Cawston Press make the scrummiest fruit and vegetable pressed juices using only natural ingredients. If you haven’t tried them yet… you need to! You can find them here. Here’s a fabulously fruity papercut illustration I made! 🙂

isobel barber cawston press illustration

Thanks for stopping by x

January Juicing


If anyone else is spending January detoxing after a little Christmas over indulgence, then here’s a pen and watercolour painting to share what fresh produce is in season this month!

Have a super weekend x