/r/papercutting

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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

  • If your post an original piece that you made, put [OC] in the title.
  • Mark questions and requests with a [?]
  • If you post your own work, please let us know a bit about its construction - How many pieces or layers of paper did you use, is it from a drawing or from an edited photograph, did you hand-paint the tiny flowers in the corner or are you really that skilled with a blade?
  • If you post a cut that is based on a photo or other such image, please link to the original image as well.
  • If you post work made by someone else, mention their name and if possible provide a link to their homepage, etsy store, gallery, or whever it was you found the image. The more info the better.

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:

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The dogs

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2024/03/13
15:24 UTC

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1950’s captain science #7

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2024/03/13
15:15 UTC

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Life-size fronds of Dryopteris filix-mas (Male fern, left), and Polystichum setiferum (Soft shield fern, right), cut in 10 sheets of A4 cotton paper

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2024/03/03
21:24 UTC

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so I did cut Louise's template number 14 on the book Paper Panda's guide to papercutting and im happy with the results especially not having accidental cuts. Photo number 2 is my set up and having a more ergonomic blade handle, magnifying glass and A1 mat really helped a lot in this project.

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2024/02/16
13:17 UTC

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25$ Camping machete review (survivor machete) #sword #swordreviews #camping

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2024/02/15
23:26 UTC

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Giant Lily Pad Underside (10"×15")

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2024/02/04
18:49 UTC

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Just been reminded of this old piece in my Facebook memories - miss making these!

Scene from Amelie, five layers, hand cut

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2024/01/31
12:26 UTC

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Paper cutting

Hi, I am new to this group! Does anyone have any advice on making their own original paper-cut designs? I usually just paper cut templates I find to make Birthday cards, but I'm thinking of stepping up to the next level. Does anyone use any websites to help design them? I would be open to any tips you could share. I've seen some pretty cool designs on this thread.

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2024/01/28
00:42 UTC

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Hi everyone question, do you know a book or website that really teaches deeply about the art of paper cutting?

I find this craft not having so much reference vs like eg painting or drawing and more like to really get better at this craft most of the time you do more practice until you actually get better at it, purchased a couple of Domestika courses, seen a bit of YouTube videos and get inspired by other paper artist but in this day and age is this technique not so common that it’s hard for a complete beginner to learn other than just keep practicing learning from your mistakes and get better from there? Please correct me if im wrong and I’ve been digging deep lately in papercutting but so far it feels like I just really need to make mistakes to get better than seeing tips and tricks to get better. Thank you for reading

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2024/01/27
04:05 UTC

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New step by step video of my Hollow Knight shadow box!

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2024/01/26
18:44 UTC

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Halloween Paper Lanterns. I drew this template on my own

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2024/01/22
03:08 UTC

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Hand cut by me, paper cut representation of a self portrait by Vincent Van Gogh. 120gsm cotton paper.

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2024/01/20
22:50 UTC

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What, me worry?

For all you Mad Magazine fans out there.

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2024/01/20
21:45 UTC

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“Kyra”, daughter of my friend,paper cut white paper portrait, hand cut by me.

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2024/01/20
00:09 UTC

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Paper cutting + Watercolor Painting

This was for a Shakespeare-themed art show for a local bookstore (I chose The Tempest mainly because I wanted to work with ocean waves).

I wanted to create layers and painted elements that kind of mimicked old-timey set design.

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2024/01/16
14:41 UTC

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“Starry night” by Vincent Van Gogh. Single layer paper cut, A4, hand cut by me, (PD).

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2024/01/14
20:42 UTC

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so I made a layered Papercuts version of the starry night, its not easy as I thought it was, 2.5x3 inch

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2024/01/14
04:09 UTC

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“Muz”, local tattoist, papercutting, hand cut paper, hand cut by me, 90 gsm black paper

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2024/01/11
22:15 UTC

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Norfolk Southern Train trestle paper cut

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2024/01/10
14:02 UTC

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experimenting on light and paper cut and im obsessed

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2024/01/10
06:41 UTC

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Alice in Wonderland papercut lightbox

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2024/01/04
17:52 UTC

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My first papercut A4

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2024/01/02
02:58 UTC

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Ordered an Olfa skalpel and looking for interesting techniques to get into - looking for sources from books and internet

Hi, as mentioned, Im trying now new Olfa skalpel, and Im in need of book or books for some inspiration, aswell as some interesting youtube channels on the topic, so far I did the kirie technique, or I cant say I did, just tried and its very calming which I do like, so any other possibilities to try?

Thanks and Happy New Year everyone!

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2024/01/02
00:34 UTC

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