The Art of Papercutting: 35 Stylish Projects for Gifts, Cards & Decorations (Paperback)Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell (author)
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Here, Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell presents a stunning collection of 35 papercutting projects, ranging from party decorations, decoupage pictures and paper flowers, to greetings cards and gift tags. All have easy-to-follow instructions, with advice on the best paper to use for a superb result. Papers used in this book range from lightweight crepe paper and tissue to heavier weight card and water-colour paper. Recycling plays an important role, too - finding, collecting and using small scraps of discarded paper to incorporate into something new is a rewarding process. Here you will find wallpaper, postage stamps, gift wrap and postcards given a new lease of life. Whether you are new to the art of papercutting, or a skilled crafter looking for fresh ideas, the projects featured in the book will inspire you to pick up your scissors and a sheet of paper and create something beautiful.
Publisher: Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 527 g
Dimensions: 276 x 208 x 10 mm
Be your own die cutting machine and decorate cards, albums and more with your own papercuts. This ancient craft is enjoying a revival and if you need an excuse to pick up a knife and get cutting this book might just be it. Part instruction manual and part art book this is going to be a talking point when it is on your coffee table as well as something to delve into for inspiration. There is a lot of that in here - lots of illustrations of the work the author has done to get the creative juices flowing. You can also find out what you need to obtain to get started (not much, this is a very cheap hobby) and how it is done. Some of the advice involves how to look at things like a papercutter and where to look for ideas, for the actual cutting part is mostly about doing it rather than reading how to do it. At the back of the book are twelve templates mostly of nature and a couple of faces as well as a project involving tracing a real object in order to cut it out (a seahorse). The bulk of the book is a look at the artist's own work and that of her students which shows just what can be achieved with practice and some innate talent. If you are hoping for more step-by-step projects than a couple this is maybe not the best book and I think those who will get the most out of it are those with an art rather than a craft background (hence the title), but then papercutting is as much an art as a craft.
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