|Debra Smith ©2019 'Flying Through the Trees'|
I have always liked simple black and white design, so I thought I'd try paper cutting to help me with design ideas, and just to satisfy my curiosity about doing it.
I borrowed a good book from the library and watched a few YouTube videos.
The top one was cut after folding, and I drew the design on the fold and cut with an Exacto knife. I cut it on a self-healing mat of course. It is very easy to break the tip of the knife, so make sure you have plenty of blades to complete your cutting.
|Debra Smith ©2019 8"x12" 'French Owls'|
This is a fold as well, but I used scissors to cut my design. I also embellished the owls with gel pen and pencil. I glued baby owls in the tree hole and used pencil to draw the features.
Applications: I can see this technique would be lots of fun to make stencils from, or use under a screen to make silk screen prints. It would be interesting to use watercolor paper in a non-fold cut out, then to color the finished piece.
Gluing to a paper backing isn't as hard as I thought it would be. I used white glue-especially for paper, and started at the bottom of the cut out, pressing each little area to the paper as I went up the cut out paper.