I was on the hunt for something new. A new way of creating. I had no idea what I wanted, but I wanted something unique and different. Oddly enough inspiration struck as I was looking for something for my wedding coming up in October. An item a seller was offering sparked my interested and my research began on…
…the art of Papercutting.
Wow. Some of these pieces are spectacular and full of detail. It requires drawing skills, attention to detail and a sharp knife. Okay, an Xacto knife to be clear.
Here are some images that I found that inspired me.
Soon after I bought a cutting board, an Xacto knife (just to start; I want a swivel blade eventually), and new beautiful book to keep all of my ideas in.
I decided that my first papercutting would be into the front of the notebook. I wanted to cut the words “Graphophilia” and “Bibliophilia”. One the love of writing and the other of books. Both are my favorites.
Sketch of what you want to cut out
Then it was time to try out this new crafting experience… Here’s how it went…
A few takeaways:
One, the Xacto knife isn’t the best tool at all.
It doesn’t move the way you want it to, which is why I want the swivel knife. The blade on an Xacto knife is way too big and unneeded. It causes too much space between me cutting and the paper. I want something closer and more precise. And it makes very jagged cuts because of these problems.
Two, (and this will come with more practice) the negative space versus the positive.
Meaning what is getting cut away and what is not. There were a few times that I was going to cut a piece and realized if I did that a piece I wanted to stay would be cut away too. That had to be fixed on the fly.
All in all, it was fun, and I can’t wait to do it again. Oh man, I hope I found a new obsession. I could use one. Obsessions keep the creative flowing through the heart and soul.