Finally! My entry for
's contest! The theme was to create a carousel unicorn using only 3 colors--no shading allowed. So naturally, my unhealthy addiction to papercutting things far too small to warrant being cut with scissors reared its myopic head to bring you this.
She is based on the Red Mare of Nordic legend ("A Ride on the Red Mare's Back" by Ursula Le Guin, anyone?) and the title is a quote from that book. I wanted her to look regal and fierce and a little bit warlike, thus the armor-inspired trappings. Also, considering that she comes to life for one night only (but saves the girl from the trolls by fighting until the sun comes up), I thought the sunburst would be a fitting sigil for her.
I sweated about the color choice forever--there are so many combinations that could look good!--but I've had that baby blue lying around forever begging to be used, and I'm really happy with the result.
This is 100# papercutting (with one tiny, tiiiny smidge of copper gel pen where I screwed up
), and that piece connecting the saddle to the chestpiece is ACTUAL. BRAIDED. PAPER. It took forever but I am unreasonably proud of it. :3
Ta-da! Look guys, I'm arting! More to come soon!