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1  Papercutting - Dia de los Muertos [Picture Heavy!] in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by henryswatts on: August 01, 2013 08:32:28 AM
When I do papercuts I usually do portraits but for several years I've been wanting to create a papercut in a Mexican style. So this Summer I finally sat down and did it. The theme is Dia de los Muertos. In the following pictures I show the progress of the cutting over several weeks from sketching to the final framed piece. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! Cheesy


Thumbnail of the final product.


1. I started by sketching out a Mexican dancer in a flowing dress. I gave her a beautiful skull and flower! I'm not the best artist but I try.


2. I added a grid to the background of the subject which is typical in Mexican papercutting.


3. I added flowers and a tail to the border. If you notice every pencil mark is connected. When making traditional papercuts the entire work is made of one single connected piece of paper. So you'll notice there are no "islands". Everything is connected by bridges.


4. I then take a copy of the finished sketch and place an 8.5x11 piece of translucent red paper on top - taping the edges together. I place these on a cutting mat and I use an exacto knife to remove every piece of "white" paper - leaving all the black parts uncut and connected. I start with the smallest, most detailed, and most difficult portions when I start my cuttings. The paper still has a sturdy feel to it when you start so you are less likely to tear or rip something by accident. I felt the skull and dress would be a good place to start and then work my way out.


5. I finished the dress and then I move on to the grid.


6. The grid is finished and now I move on to the flowers and tail.


7. Here is the finished cutting! After I cut the flowers and tail I felt like it looked too "kiddy" so I went back and cut out each individual petal and added some notches to the tail. I was hoping this would give it more texture. The petals were actually the most time consuming and tedious part of the cutting. I then carefully removed the tape and red paper and transferred it to a fresh piece of white cardstock.


8. Here is the cutting framed. Aaaand done!

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2  Middle School Spring Trip T-shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by henryswatts on: June 14, 2012 01:28:07 PM
So I'm a school teacher and every year I let my students choose a subject to be stenciled onto our Spring Trip T-shirts. I make the stencils and then we have a "stencil party" where all the kids have a job. Some help stuff the t-shirts with cardboard, while others lay them out ready to paint, while some hold down the t-shirts and stencils, another couple students do the painting, and then others take them away to dry. It's a lot of fun for the students to get to create something together, to see an idea they had come to life, and it makes them feel special that they have their own t-shirt that the other students don't have. Haha.

Like I said, I make the various stencils and then the kiddos do all the real work.


This is me, sporting the front of the shirt. As you can see my kids were fed up with all the various school shirts they have seen over the years that all seem to be the same thing. They decided to poke fun at the clichs.


This is me, sporting the back of the shirt. My kids were so happy at how well the face turned out. They told me there were lots of people wanting to take pictures of their shirts at our trip to Six Flags.


Who knows what they'll choose next year.
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3  birthday portrait (paper cutting) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by henryswatts on: May 17, 2011 09:58:21 PM
So it is my friend's 40th birthday and his wife e-mails me out of the blue (he doesn't have facebook and he moved away 5 years ago so I kinda lost contact with him). It was a pleasant surprise to hear from her. She is putting together a secret blog with pictures and stories from her and her husband's old friends back where I live. The blog will be a surprise present for my friend. Anyway, besides just writing a story or something like that I insisted that I make them a portrait. The wife was ecstatic to see this paper cutting I did of her and her husband. I really hope my friend likes it too.


Here is the cutting and below I have included the original picture I based the cutting on for comparison.

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4  My first card! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by henryswatts on: February 24, 2011 07:55:50 PM
So I know this is late but I didn't make it till just this past weekend. My friends and I had a "late" Valentine's Day Card Exchange. I was randomly given the name of one of my guy friends. So rather than just buying a Valentine's Card I had the opportunity to make one of my own. I've never made a card before so it was really hard for me to decide which techniques and styles to choose since you can get such different results depending on which techniques you use. Plus, all the different cards I've seen people make made me want to try a little bit of everything. It took longer than I originally anticipated but it was well worth it. I had a lot of fun making it. 


For the Cover I tried my hand at an Iris pattern. I did not use a template; I just sort of eyed it. I also used lace and I cut out little hearts from another piece of patterned paper.


For the inside (remember it was for a guy). I made little gift card holders; one for my zombie pal and one for a gift card to Whataburger. Then on the opposing side I had to include paper cutting (since it is my favorite of all crafts). I wrote a small note and glued a couple of premade flowers on and *poof* done!
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5  Hello paper enthusiasts! (picture heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by henryswatts on: December 29, 2010 12:15:58 PM
I'd like to say hello to all those who frequent the paper crafts threads. I'm new here and I'd like to show some of  my work. I love all crafts but paper cutting is my favorite by far. I have been cutting for exactly 2 years now.


When I create I usually only make portraits. This is my very first portrait, and it is a self portrait. I made this around Christmas 2008


This is one of my more recent creations. A gift for a family friend.


This is the very first papercut I ever created. I copied it from somebody's blog I think. I am sorry if it was one of you.


I made this last night because I was so inspired by all the amazing pieces I have seen on these forums. I am quite happy with it right now but I am debating whether or not I want to add a background to it, or perhaps leave my hand how it is, create a background, and then make the sphere a different color. Decisions, decisions. I would love suggestions for this piece.
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