Papercutting – also known as scherenschnitte (scissor cuts) in German – has deep historical roots. The oldest known papercut is from 6th century China and the art spread across Asia and into Europe by the 16th century. Read more about the history and culture of papercutting on Wikipedia.
It’s no secret how much I love papercutting – if you read paper and cloth you’ll have seen my love for artists like Rob Ryan and The Time is Now – and I’ve been wanting to give it a go for a while. Look at all the beauty I found on flickr!
1. Esiotrot, 2. 333 Miles to Home, 3. Untitled, 4. winter forest papercut, 5. Zoe, 6. An Awkward Grimace, 7. Tree – abundance 3 detail, 8. The Wound (detail), 9. A mother’s afternoon-papercutting.jpg 2
The first thing I did was buy a decent knife. Research suggested x-acto is the knife of choice – I got this one from Amazon.
Then I did some sketching and then some cutting! I just used sketchbook paper as that’s what I had to hand. See skinny laminx’s tutorial for a method where you use thin paper over black paper instead of drawing directly on the paper you’re using like I did. The main thing to do is to make sure you don’t leave any unconnected areas or accidentally cut too far. Take it slowly.
Here’s my first attempt… what do you think?
Have a go, it’s fun!