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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Papercutting - Dia de los Muertos [Picture Heavy!] on: August 20, 2013 03:53:35 PM
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Ahh! I just geeked out so hard! Wow, thank you to everybody who thinks this project "rocks". I actually get a lot of my inspiration from the craftster community. If it weren't for everybody on here creating beautiful works of art I don't think I would've thought that I could do it too. Hopefully I will find time to do another cutting this year.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Harry Potter Themed Inchies on: August 08, 2013 02:49:26 PM
Ahhhh! I want all of them!!!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Papercutting - Dia de los Muertos [Picture Heavy!] on: August 07, 2013 07:35:57 PM
Beautiful! I like how you posted pictures of the process so we all can see how Mexican papercutting is done. This is the first time I've seen Mexican papercutting so it is interesting for me =)

Thank you, although I tried my best to replicate the style of Mexican paper cutting I did not use traditional Mexican paper cutting techniques. I do not have the tools or experience to do that. I used an exacto knife. Papel picado (Mexican paper cutting) uses hammer and chisels. This allows an artist to create many pieces at the same time by chiseling away the pieces of a big stack of tissue paper all at once. I would love to try my hand at it but that may be a project for another summer. Here is a video on the papel picado technique. http://youtu.be/3797kPhyy-k
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Papercutting - Dia de los Muertos [Picture Heavy!] on: August 02, 2013 01:50:46 PM
Thank you for the comments.

This is just one of the ways I create my cuttings. There are definitely other ways that other people would prefer to use. I've tried using scissors but I can never be as detailed as I'd like to be. Also, some people will actually have the image reversed on the back side and cut right into the design but I've never been a fan of that method.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Papercutting - Dia de los Muertos [Picture Heavy!] 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!

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: HUGE Ship Scherenschnitte Papercut on: April 12, 2013 07:15:19 AM
This is absolutely beautiful! What an inspiring work! Thank you for sharing.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Middle School Spring Trip T-shirt on: June 15, 2012 08:26:11 AM
What a great teacher you are!!  Thanks for teaching kids how to be original and funny!!!   Cheesy

Thank you! I actually had a few kids ask me where to get the stencils/paints/brushes because they were going to start stenciling themselves. One of my students has his own skateboard company (I know he seems young but he actually does). He is going to start making stencils for his little company and stencil his logo onto skateboards and shirts and such.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Middle School Spring Trip T-shirt 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.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / birthday portrait (paper cutting) 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.

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first card! on: February 26, 2011 10:48:56 PM
Thank you for all the supportive comments! I suppose the next holiday for me is Easter. There's probably some cool stuff I could do for that. I really want to try that stitching technique that I've been seeing around these parts lately.
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