This book has Paper Panda's very distinctive stamp on it and begins with a design section which takes the reader through a very personal account of what inspires her, how she works, and how Paper Panda came about. The techniques involved in papercutting are fairly simple and easy to explain, and this is covered through step-by-step demos. There is a design section, taking readers through the design process itself and including numerous examples of Louise's papercut designs. Starting with the themes and subjects that inspire her, it explains how she creates finished artwork suitable for papercutting, followed by how to make the template itself, and how to use the papercut to make cards, framed pictures, and so on. The aim of this section will be not only to provide readers with an insight into Paper Panda's creative world, but also to inform and inspire people to design papercuts for themselves. There are 20 papercut projects in the book; five from Paper Panda herself and five each from three of Paper Panda's design colleagues (Sarah Trumbauer, Louise Dyer and Suzy Taylor - all accomplished papercutters with online presences). Each project will consist of a template, which will be reproduced full-size at the back of the book, and a finished paper cut, together with some step-by-step instructions. The designs will be simple enough for beginners, though attractive and interesting enough to inspire more advanced paper cutters. The projects themselves will include cards, decorations, and mounted and framed pictures to hang on the wall, all using a variety of colored and patterned papers to show off Paper Panda and friends' distinctive and beautiful designs to their best advantage.
Author: Paper Panda
Publisher: Search PressLtd
Release Date: 2015-03-05
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
Louise Firchau a.k.a. Paper Panda, is an expert paper cutter and owner of the renowned online paper cuts company Paper Panda. Her gorgeous designs are much sought after, and here are twenty of them - all created by Louise especially for the book, and all in her distinctive and exquisite style. Each project consists of a full-size template and a photograph of the finished design, together with tips on cutting, or how to display the finished item and a 1-5 difficulty rating. With notes on basic papercutting techniques at the start of the book.
Silhouettes are wildly popular, and these stunning projects transform the nostalgic classic into something elegantly modern. Crafters will learn four beautiful ways to make their own silhouettes: by casting a shadow and tracing along the edges, using digital technology that “silhouettes” almost any image, drawing freehand for a loose “handmade” look, and copying patterns. The 22 decorative items—which range from a glowing lampshade and holiday tree ornaments to napkin rings, votive holders, and layered canvases—showcase the style’s diversity and charm, and add bold new touches, like color. Plus, the book includes 50 fabulous patterns that will work in almost every imaginable project!
There's a renaissance underway in the art form of cut paper, with an explosion of raw talent and an abundance of amazing work produced in the medium in recent years. This gorgeous volume features work from 26 contemporary international artists who are creating images of astonishing intricacy, using little more than paper and blade. Featuring a host of new discoveries and including art by such stars as Nikki McClure, Rob Ryan, and Thomas Allen, as well as a number of emerging practitioners, Paper Cutting is sure to engage art buffs and indie crafters alike. An in-depth introduction by paper art expert Natalie Avella illuminates the rich history of the centuries-old form, and a whimsical preface by beloved artist Rob Ryan rounds out this delightful collection.
Paper-cutting artist Boo Paterson offers step-by-step instruction in cutting out intricate creatures of all sorts (orangutan, sloth, kangaroos, butterflies, elephants, and more--fifteen in all) and the forests in which they live. The book includes detailed black-and-white templates for cutting, as well as removable art paper (cream, plus four other colors) to cut or use as backing. Ideal for beginners and irresistible to those wanting to develop their skills, the book offers information on tools and materials, alongside clear, step-by-step instruction in the basics of papercutting. Chapters are packed with proj�ects of varying complexity, complete with full color images of the finished work and easy-to-use templates showing where to cut or bend the paper. The book also features a chapter on how to frame pieces and how to create cards from completed work.
Experienced as well as beginning papercutters will find a full variety of original patterns in this sourcebook by acclaimed cutter Claudia Hopf. The assortment includes floral designs, botanicals, cats, several breeds of dogs, birds, wild animals, farm animals, folk country scenes, nautical themes, the months of the year, Valentines, Halloween and Christmas decorations, and designs inspired by Pennsylvania Dutch, Shaker, Native American, Polish, and Chinese papercutting traditions. The patterns can be reduced, enlarged, or used as printed. Claudia Hopf lives in Kennebunk, Maine, and has been creating papercuttings for more than 30 years. She is the author of Papercutting: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Learning the Craft (978-0-8117-3269-7) and four other books on the subject. Her work has been exhibited in museums and shows across the country as well as Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Africa, and Australia.
With dozens of beautiful, original designs and detailed explanations, this Chinese paper cutting book is a great reference for beginners. Paper cutting is a popular papercraft in today's multicultural world, embracing a great variety of themes, designs and images. In China, its birthplace, it is regarded as an elegant traditional folk art. Chinese paper cuts reflect many aspects of life, including prosperity, health and the harvest. Paper cuts are typically used to decorate walls, windows and doors, or as patterns for embroidery and lacquer work. Rich in cultural tradition, with a long history of over 1,500 years, Chinese paper cutting was listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009. Easy to learn, paper cutting only requires paper and scissors which can be used to create a wide range of interesting paper cut outs. Instruction and inspiration can be found in The Beginner's Guide to Chinese Paper Cutting. This Chinese crafts book introduces all the basic elements of Chinese paper cutting, including the necessary preparation, basic techniques, simple practices and appreciation. The book's clear directions and illustrations will allow anyone to explore the art of paper cutting and start making their own works of art.
From field to forest and stream to sky, capture the harmony and beauty of the natural world with just some paper and a craft knife. This beautiful book includes step-by-step instructions for 20 exquisite nature-themed papercut projects designed by papercutting artist Georgia Low. Including greeting cards and party decorations, framed artwork and paper flowers, you can fill your life with idyllic pastoral scenes, cute creatures, and lush florals. You’ll also find dozens of additional templates to cut out, trace, or download so you can create your own stunning works of art.
Rediscover Old World Papercrafting! Scherenschnitte, which literally means "scissors cutting," is a lovely old Swiss-German folk art tradition. Pronounced share-en-schnit-ta, this venerable technique was introduced to colonial America by the "Pennsylvania Dutch," who applied it in intricate and symmetrical designs on marriage and birth certificates, silhouettes, valentines, and love letters. Now Paper Cutting Old & New makes this ancient craft come alive, with easy step-by-step instructions and complete full-sized patterns for snipping your own framed treasures, holiday ornaments, unique cards, scrapbook pages, and much more. Add a touch of old-fashioned elegance to your art, with easy-to-follow instructions for false-grain painting that will turn even the plainest frame into a conversation piece. "Paper Cutting Old & New is a wonderful addition to the dissemination of the Pennsylvania German culture. This publication successfully introduces in a clear and concise manner an important piece of history to the modern crafter who wishes to be a part of a long running tradition." Jennifer Royer, Museum Curator Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum Lancaster, Pennsylvania