Friday, 22 February 2013

Inspiring Reads: The Crafter's Guide to Papercutting

Like a lot of folk I have been inspired by Rob Ryan and decided to try my hand at papercutting. Having never done papercutting before I thought it might be a wise move to pick up a book so I went for The Crafter's Guide to Papercutting by Emily Hogarth.

This is a good introductory level book which is split neatly into easy to reference chapters. There is an introduction to the history of papercutting before moving on to the Tools of the Trade section as well as an important section on how to cut paper correctly so that you still have your fingers left at the end of your project. The majority of the book is made of various projects of different difficulty levels including greeting cards, tags, bunting etc. Although the designs may be a bit on the 'folksy' side the main advantage is that they offer a novice the opportunity to see what types of designs may work for a papercut as well as showing how to layer cuts to create depth. Once you have the hang of it you can go ahead and create your own designs but in the meantime there are a handy supply of templates at the back of the book which can photocopied to your hearts content.

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