An original paper cut done by hand can take anywhere between a day to a few weeks or months. A paper cut that is designed based on real places, stories or events involve a lot of initial research and data collecting. Drawings need to realistically represent what they are and so these pieces takes longer, such as my maps and cityscapes.
Laser cuts take a bit of time at the beginning as again some require research and multiple drafts. Once they are drawn and converted into the appropriate computer file they are pretty quick and straightforward to create.
There are a few essential tools for paper cutting. These are a scalpel, a self healing cutting mat, a pencil and a good piece of paper.
I like to use the Excel knives and blades as they are comfy to hold and easy to swap the blades out. I also use the surgical scalpels with a number 10A blade or the Fiskars knife.
The paper I use is a 270gsm pastel paper, simply because I like the texture and weight.
Yes, I love working on commission and can create anything, large or small, intricate or simple.
Go slow! Check out the tools I like to use and make sure you are well set up before you begin. The secret to paper cutting is that there is no secret. It simply takes patience, discipline and a lot of practice!
Shhhh that's a secret!
Not really.... I often get asked this question and the truth is I make many mistakes. They are just so tiny and delicate that you would never even know. I lose them myself after a while.
If it's a big mistake (which is rare for me now) then I try to work it into the design or I tape it up at the back. Again, as my designs are so intricate you would only know if you really searched for it.