Paper cutting day two

Dream House #1,  8″ x 11″

I think I have found a new obsession. And while you might not believe this, it *isn’t* low-light photography. (Curse these gloomy afternoons!)

Working a papercut is a delightful combination of two of my favourite things; illustration and craft. For me, the excuse to get away from the computer, on which I do most of my illustration work, and slowly carve out an image with my hands is amazingly exciting. 

Luckily the girls played happily together yesterday (mostly) so I got a good chunk of time to slice away at this with my new knife (beautiful sharp blades! I only used one for this but I probably should have switched it out for another as it was starting to drag towards the end), my little snippity-snip scissors and my new fine paper.

I loved working out the design. I drew it completely in my sketchbook first rather than leaving anything to chance as I just don’t have the skills or confidence (or talent!) to go it freestyle as Elsita does.  I decided I wanted some parts to be completely symmetrical like the traditional German papercuts (thanks to Amy for putting me on to that) which I cut first and some parts I wanted to be asymmetrical which I went back and cut after I had flattened out the paper again. 

Wanna do some? I found these helpful: Martha Stewart cutting a symmetrical paper valentine. The Skinny laMinx tutorial is good too. Of course, there are bazillions of links in Elsita’s sidebars so do check those out too. I love the shadow work of Andrea Dezsö.

Speaking of folded paper and symmetry – Wow!

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18 Responses

  1. Happydacks says:

    Really cute paper cut! Thanks for the links.Ever thought of doing an animation, you would do well with it I’m sure.

  2. you are just too clever! what a great new obsession, i think you are a natural at this.

  3. Kim says:

    Oh, I love this! It would make a nice screenprint too … though there’s something special about the one-of-a-kind nature of papercutting.

  4. Sara says:

    really lovely! I’ve caught the papercutting bug too thanks to some of the links you posted.

  5. Claire, you are so multi-talented! You have a wonderful quality coming through your paper cuts, just like the charm of your illustrations! Thank you for the great links too.WOW!

  6. Alice says:

    I don’t know if you have seen this Fiskars tool but I’ve got one and find it far easier to cut with than an ordinary craft knife. I got mine from Officeworks, oddly for only about $15. Definitely worth looking into.

  7. Alicia says:

    Those are beautiful!!

  8. justine says:

    So lovely! Can’t wait to see more.

  9. Prue says:

    Why does your dream house have ghosts underneath it?

  10. you make me want to drop what I’m doing and try one. Thanks for the links.

  11. girlprinter says:

    I was in Kanga Kanga the other day (cnr. Russell & Bourke) and they had a Japanese craft book about Danish papercuts. Unfortunately for me, it’s in Japanese, but it might be worth a look.I posted some links about papercutting a few years back:

    Yours are lovely!

  12. Kirsty says:

    Oh Claire, I’m so glad you’ve been bitten by this bug.

  13. looks great.i really like the sense of vertical

  14. karen sato says:

    fantastic!great hobby to get into. 🙂

  15. Nadia Lewis says:

    I love how victorious she looks at the top of the house!

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