New papercut illustration- ‘Tapas Table for Two’

One of my many illustrative ambitions is to illustrate a cookbook, so to help me on my way, I started a little personal foodie project last week. To build on my portfolio, as well as practice my photoshop skills, I will be whipping up some scrummy papercuts over the next few weeks… Starting with a Spanish themed table for two!


Isobel Barber


To create the printed wallpaper in the background I first of all created a little hand papercut pattern (below). After some minor tweeking on photoshop, I then turned this into a repeat print (below below). This is far easier said than done!… So to help anyone who wishes to create their own repeat pattern, I am currently in the midst of creating a little tutorial which I shall post soon.


Spanish pattern papercut Isobel Barber



Papercut print Isobel Barber

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Illustrated Tapas Tuesday!

Food and illustration are two of my absolute favourite things… so combining the two, for me, is a recipe for amazingness! Inspired by a very special celebratory Mediterranean meal I cooked, here’s a little illustrated asparagus tapas dish and a compulsory bowl of olives (recipe below!)


Isobel Barber


Sautéed asparagus, toasted almonds & Manchego cheese


36 asparagus spears

140g unsalted butter

100g whole blanched almonds

Juice of 1 lemon

50g best-quality Manchego cheese


Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and plunge in the asparagus. Cook for 2-3 mins, drain, then leave them to sit somewhere warm.

Next, put the butter into a cold pan with the almonds. Carefully heat it up, watching that the butter doesn’t get too dark. When it just turns golden brown and is beginning to foam, remove from the heat and pour in the lemon juice to stop the cooking.

Arrange the asparagus onto 6 serving plates and spoon over some of the brown butter and almonds. Shave the cheese with a peeler, scatter over and serve.

(Label love!…)




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