Teaching Thursday: Papercutting

Welcome back to another edition of Teaching Thursday! Right now one of my school projects involves creating a typography-themed calendar using cut paper. I don’t have much experience working with cut paper, other than a snakes and ladders safari-themed illustration project that I did last year (see header). So today I’ve gathered a few resources to inspire and instruct both myself and you in the fascinating art of papercutting.

All About Papercutting

It’s always helpful to see an overview of a certain skill before attempting it. This website has plenty of articles featuring unique papercutting designs, news from the community, and freebies. This should give you an idea of the designs that can be made using paper and how it has blossomed into a recognized art form.

Intro to Papercutting by Made by Marzipan

Here’s a video explaining some of the basic tools and showing the process of designing, cutting, and gluing a papercut design inside a matchbox. Even if you don’t want to create a 3D layered piece, this will give you a solid understanding to build upon when tackling other projects.

Paper-Cutting Tutorials for Beginners

There are dozens of tutorials listed in this HubPages article that would be helpful for a beginner. A lot of them are seasonal or card-related, which seems like the perfect way to get started with papercutting. Wouldn’t you love to receive a hand-cut card that someone took the time to make? Treat your friends!


“Scherenschnitte”is the German style of papercutting. This blog has a combination of cut paper inspiration and a ton of stylish templates that I think look great for a beginner like myself.

Skinny laMinx

Here’s a post that follows the creation of a more complex original piece with many delicate stems and leaves. I’m not sure I would have the patience for this, but it certainly is stunning!

Made by Julene

Check out the incredible art made by Julene Harrison for inspiration! She uses a subtractive technique, cutting out all of the designs from a single sheet of paper to create a silhouetted scene of type and images.

Kako Ueda

This artist’s portfolio shows some very intricate examples of the Japanese style of papercutting, which apparently was originally used to make stencils for the patterns on kimonos.

That’s all for today, folks! I will try to take some process photos of my papercutting endeavours as my group and I attempt to create 3D letterforms. I’m excited to get started on this really tactile, non-digital project.

Are you going to attempt papercutting? Leave a comment if you have and show me what you’ve made!

Till next time,


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