20 January 2010

paper, scissors, beauty

The first time I saw a paper cutting it was love. Over the summer at an arts festival at Penn State I came across a booth filled with the most beautiful folkloric scenes of birch trees under the moon with branches hiding owls and cardinals. I couldn't afford one of Marie-Helene L. Grabman's "scherenschnitte" because they run a few hundred dollars a piece so I bought the print of the American Sampler and hung it up over my desk.
While looking at my print one night I wondered what else was out there associated with this gorgeous and intricate art form. I came across The Heart of Papercuts dedicated to the art of paper cutting and the creations of its writer, Elsita.

Some other artists that make masterful works out of paper and knives that inspire me include:The other night while I was perusing Howcast I found a paper cutting guide for beginners. If you haven't joined Howcast you absolutely should. Its all made how-to videos for just about anything. Isn't it just easier when someone shows you how to do something?

25 comments

  1. The art of paper cutting is so detailed and precious, it's amazing. The first picture really left me gaping; not only is it beauuuutiful, it has this mix of macabre and whimsy that makes it unique.

    Thanks for the nice comment. :)

    http://charmalade.blogspot.com/

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  2. Wow! This is gorgeous stuff! I would really like to try this out actually, thanks for posting the video. gorgeous pictures too.
    -Marz

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  3. this is amazing! so so cool

    lovelove, M.
    http://marissaexplains.blogspot.com

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  4. I felt the same way when saw the paper cut outs at Arts Fest, I've been obsessed ever since.

    Also check out
    http://www.mikisatoillustration.com/

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  5. Wow...just wow...this is amazing.

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  6. these are amazing, thanks for the video though I know I could never even attempt this haha

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  7. Ooo, I love the second one! Once we had a display of these made out of old books at my university...they were so pretty!

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  8. wow, this is wonderful!
    And I love your lay-out!
    It's beautiful.

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  9. Goodness, they are intricate; just imagining the patience one needs... I especially love the books. Sabine x

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  10. Wow, those are so beautiful! Hard to imagine those are made of the same stuff I scribble on every day! Thanks for sharing x

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  11. wow! amazing piece! love the color. And that's really hard at least for me.

    amazing.

    The only thing i can do to a paper is the airplane and the boat. hhihi.

    These are really really good.

    I am Denise Katipunera

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  12. this is crazy amazing! and thank you for the lovely comment! =] there's this wonderful paper cut artist that's work is all over the place out here (Portland) and i did some googling and this is her website. thought you might like it. =] http://www.nikkimcclure.com/
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    http://postcardsfromdreamland.blogspot.com/

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  13. papr cutting is amazing if you can master the precision needed... I've tried it and I failed. lol.

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  14. I love it!
    Is make art with one of the most simple things.

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  15. I love paper cut-outs! These are so detailed.

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  16. Hi! Thanks for dropping by! Glad you like the design X)! Wow the balloon city looks awesome! Hehe makes me want to try doing paper cutting! Looks a lot of fun X)

    Peculiartings.blogspot.com

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  17. Hi! Thanks for dropping by! Glad you like the design X)! Wow the balloon city looks awesome! Hehe makes me want to try doing paper cutting! Looks a lot of fun X)

    Peculiartings.blogspot.com

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  18. I love it!
    Is make art with one of the most simple things.

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  19. wow, this is wonderful!
    And I love your lay-out!
    It's beautiful.

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  20. Ooo, I love the second one! Once we had a display of these made out of old books at my university...they were so pretty!

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  21. wow! amazing piece! love the color. And that's really hard at least for me.

    amazing.

    The only thing i can do to a paper is the airplane and the boat. hhihi.

    These are really really good.

    I am Denise Katipunera

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  22. I love paper cut-outs! These are so detailed.

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