Arwen Designs: Cut Paper Silhouette Art

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Announcement    Cut paper art: Pagan, gothic, fantasy & nature gifts. Spiritual symbols, animal emblems, wedding gifts. Greeting cards, invitations, wall art, art prints and vinyl decals.


Last updated on May 1, 2016

Cut paper art: Pagan, gothic, fantasy & nature gifts. Spiritual symbols, animal emblems, wedding gifts. Greeting cards, invitations, wall art, art prints and vinyl decals.


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Arwen Designs Cut Paper Art: Greeting cards, invitations, wall art, art prints and vinyl decals.

Welcome to Arwen Designs!
Everything here is created by me, Paula Arwen Owen. I am an illustrator, graphic designer, and author originally from Brooklyn, NY, now living at the edge of an enchanted forest in the Catskill mountains. I work in hand cut paper silhouettes and collage, combining simple, elegant lines against tapestries of texture and color. I’m fascinated with the opposition of darkness and light, and inspired by my surroundings, as well as stories, dreams, myths, and legends.
I have always been interested in mythology, nature, and spiritual symbols of all different religions, and love to bring these themes into my work. My love of nature inspires me to show all aspects of her beauty, both wild and serene. My Scandinavian and Eastern European heritage draws me to the Norse Pantheon as well as to mystical Hebrew tradition. My interest in symbols led to creating a line of cards and vinyl decals that let people express their individuality and beliefs in bold and unique ways.

In my store you can find cut paper greeting cards and invitations, prints of my illustrations, and vinyl decals. Many of my cards were originally designed for family and friends, and many of my decals were created from customer requests and suggestions. So feel free to ask about custom orders, and I’ll try to create what you need!

All of my designs were originally cut by hand in paper with an x-acto knife. First I draw the design, then cut it in paper, then it gets scanned into the computer. For my illustration work, I add the color with digital collage. For my greeting cards, my cut paper design is digitized keeping the integrity of the hand cut paper, and cut out in high quality acid free card stock with the assistance of a Silhouette Cameo machine. The cutout is then finished, embellished and assembled by hand. Secondary colors are generally cut by hand.
My larger detailed cut outs (like my wedding/anniversary gifts) are still cut completely by hand.
My vinyl decals start the same way, and usually text (or circles and really straight lines-those are really hard to cut by hand!) are added on the computer. I use high quality vinyl, both for outdoor and indoor use. They are all die cut in one color, not like a regular sticker. When installed on a wall or a car, they look just like they are painted on there!

My illustration work has appeared in magazines such as Mythic Delirium and Strange Horizons, and on book covers by authors including Cherie Priest and Catherynne Valente. My greeting cards have been featured on several blogs and in a book from Lark Crafts “Creative Cut Cards: 35 Greeting Cards for Every Occasion”.

As an author, I have recently published "Blood of Angels: Revelation", a young adult paranormal romance set in NYC.

Thanks for stopping by, take a look around and feel free to ask me any questions! You can favorite my shop to see my latest updates, or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest:

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  • Paula Arwen Owen

    Owner, Creator

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  • A print shop

    Madison, WI

    This is a small print shop in Wisconsin that makes beautiful Giclee Prints of my artwork and ships them directly to my customers.

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Last updated on May 19, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I can customize any order, feel free to ask questions! I have certain colors in stock on both my cards and decals, but I can always get custom colors. Decals can be customized to any size, oversized decals are generally done in more than one piece.
I can also do full custom designs, contact me if you would like something commissioned.

Shipping Info

Orders are shipped by USPS first class mail, or first class international. Domestic orders have an option to upgrade to Priority Mail, if you would like any other shipping upgrades, just ask and I will let you know the cost. I ship internationally, worldwide.
I pack everything well so it will get to you safely. Cards and decals ship within 2 to 3 days of purchase. Art prints, custom colors, and custom paper cuts can take up to two weeks to ship out.

Please make sure your shipping address is entered correctly when you check out!

Returns and Exchanges

I will accept returns within a reasonable amount of time, in the original condition, minus shipping charges. Custom orders are not returnable.
Please contact me first if there is any problem with your order before returning it, I will be happy to help you resolve the issue.

Vinyl Decal Info

My vinyl decals are all high quality and come in two types of vinyl. One is for walls and indoors, they have a nice matte finish, and are a little bit less sticky so that they are more easily removable from your walls. It can be used temporarily outdoors.
The other one is for cars and outdoors, it has a glossy finish and will last at least five to seven years outdoors. It is the same type of vinyl used for professional car lettering.
Either of these can be used for other surfaces such as phones, laptops, or any smooth, flat, clean surface. There are certain surfaces it will not stick to, including rough surfaces (like textured walls), unfinished wood, some silicone phone cases, and VOC Free wall paint that has Teflon or Silicone in it.

Wholesale availability

Most of my items are available for wholesale, please contact me for pricing and info!

Copyright and Design Info

All items are original designs and artwork created and produced by me, Paula Arwen Owen. Please do not use any of my designs for other purposes, they are copyrighted. Many of the symbols I sell are of course not my own, but I have recreated or redesigned my own version of them.
Feel free to share links to my items, or to share images on Social Media as long as they are linked and credited to me.
If you have questions about any other use of my designs, feel free to ask!