Paper cut art consists of crisp lines and defined forms. The process of carving away sections of the paper give it a sculptural quality. A flat surface is brought to life with depth and shadows.
The most impressive part of the paper cut is the skill and patience required for its creation. It occurred to me that you could create a very similar effect digitally with a vector based image. Surely this would be easier? After doing some cutting, I discovered the joy of taking a simple piece of paper and turning it into a delicate, intricate shape. There’s something special about holding the fragile structure in your hands.
I couldn’t choose just one paper cut artist, so here is a selection.
Hina Aoyama’s incredibly fine paper cut work will amaze you. Her website is a must see!
Emma van Leest uses layers to create her beautiful work.
Here’s my attempt! I drew the image on the reverse and cut out from there. I had to really plan the image in order to make it work. For example, I couldn’t just cut out a square for the shape of the house or there wouldn’t be any paper left to create the door and windows. Careful planning, a sharp knife and a load of patience are essential for a successful paper cut piece.
See you at the next stop on the Voyage of Voices.