Paper Cutting
19 STEPS
Draw a design using a thick crayon/marker. Interconnected +overlapping designs work best.
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To cut this out you should have a cutting mat, and a SHARP/new xacto blade.
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Use the tip of the blade to pierce the paper and cut straight down.
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You should not need a lot of pressure to cut through the paper. Cut out the negative spaces.
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When cutting, don’t try to cut the whole shape out at once, lift your blade for every new angle.
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Hold the paper steady with one hand, or tape it down to keep in place.
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Rotate the paper often so that you are always cutting at an angle that is comfortable and safe.
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You can always add new elements to the design and redefine areas.
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Make sure to cut the corners of each section well, so the paper doesn’t stick and rip.
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The more you cut the more delicate the paper becomes so move slowly.
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cut in sections towards solid areas to lessen the risk of cutting through connecting lines.
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This can be a slow and tedious process so make sure you get up and stretch often!
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I like to flip my piece over to see what it looks like as just a silhouette.
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Continue to cut and make adjustments to the design as you go.
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Think about composition, how much negative space there is, and how thick the lines are.
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You can flip it over and cut with intuition instead of a guide. Especially once the design is clear.
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Once you get into it this process is very meditative so enjoy!
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You can decide which side is up-do you prefer colorful or white?
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Bonus tip: try using different colored or painted papers.
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