Paper Cutouts

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Firefly Books, 2007 - Crafts & Hobbies - 104 pages
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45 spectacular designs for handcrafting with paper cuttings.

The art of paper cutting has a long history. Ancient cuttings, some dating from before 1000 B.C., have been excavated in China's Xinjiang province. Today, paper cutting is a popular handcraft worldwide, with a variety of applications.

Paper Cutouts features 45 designs of stunning motifs that can be used around the home or framed as elegant artworks. Each design includes a full-sized template to photocopy in advance. The authors provide step-by-step instructions that explain how to fold and cut, with the intricate designs revealed in white or colored paper.

The designs include:

  • A hanging lamp
  • Room dividers and screens
  • Motif rounds (swans, winter chalets, angels)
  • Motif squares (spring, summer, winter, autumn)
  • Wall friezes (under the sea; garden; on the farm)
  • Repeating motifs (bird on a branch, fern, scarabs)
  • Mirror motifs (dragons, herons).

Paper Cutouts is a beautiful how-to guidebook for this ancient handcraft and a unique showcase of modern designs for artists and crafters.

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Cut-paper ornaments are popular in many countries, particularly China (where they originated), Latin America, and Europe. The complex lacy designs require patience and a steady hand to complete. This ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Hélène Leroux-Hugon graduated from the School of Fine Arts at Angers, France, and is a graphic designer as well as an author.

Juliette Vicart is a self-taught artist and the author of several books.

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