A place to show off, ask questions about, discuss, and promote the most excellent art of paper cutting. It's an eclectic art and/or craft with centuries-old roots in Jewish, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Indonesia, and Mexican traditions. Given the popularity of stencils used in the graffiti art that became popular in the last few decades, papercutting is a now a vibrant, expressive, and often subversive art form found in DIY art shows and fine museums alike.
This is the place to post anything pertaining to papercutting: Original artwork, images of other artists' pieces, photographs that you need help turning into a papercut-friendly form, questions about useful materials and techniques, discussions about selling your work, and so on.
Some handy guidelines
This forum is for art in which cut paper itself is part of the final product (and not just as a canvas). There are other subreddits for stencil work and templates. Although if you think the stencil you cut is itself a piece of art that we need to see, then go for it. Here are some related subreddits:
I’ve been experimenting with paper cuts for a while and want to know what paper other artists use. I haven’t found one I like yet.
I've seen people use pencils to sketch and then cut on or around the sketch--which inevitably leaves pencil marks. Do people usually just turn the paper over to hide the pencil marks? It seems like it would be way too risky to try to erase all the pencil marks on a cut up paper, especially one for intricate designs.
I don't want to have to frame everything I might sell. Just wondering how you package your work if you sell online, eg Etsy?
I basically bought a paper cutter to cut bookmarks (350gsm paper) but I cant seem to cut them in a proper straight line, there is always some white left around or the line cuts some of the color.
Is there a machine that is not Cricut that can just cut straight lines electronically?
(I've seen things like brother scanncut but those aswell seem to be overkill)
My first time being featured in a exhibition. The cardstock is all one piece and the colored tissue paper is glued to add flair. Beatrice Vasquez is a major influence in my work.
I am conducting a questionnaire to understand the Crafting market in the UK as my enterprise session project at Durham University. I would really appreciate it if you could spare a couple of minutes to complete it and share it around. Thanks a lot!
Please find the questionnaire link below:
I have been working on "papercutting" art, designing images in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and cutting them on a Cricut. Some of these are simple 2 or 3 color layered images, but does anyone have any reliable methods of translating photos into layered paper cut art?