Cutting Shapes Out Of Paper . . .

So now you know why we started The Paper Roses, it’s probably time for us to tell you what it is we actually do? What is a papercut and how do we make them? A papercut is, in our mind at least, cutting a design from one single sheet of paper. It really is that simple.

Sometimes an idea comes to us straight away, and we can start drawing, and it’s not long til we can get to the good bit, and actually start cutting out. Other times … well, let’s just say we need a little bit of inspiration. Pinterest is a great place for inspiration, (if you’re not already following us but love all things pink, grey and white take a peep here) there’s such a wide range of imagery, and categories, there’s always something to kick start some ideas. If you’ve read our last post, you’ll already know that we’re drawn to nature in our work. So if we’re struggling for ideas, taking a camera out and going exploring is never a bad start.


Once we’ve got our ideas together, it’s time to start drawing out. We’ve learnt the hard way that a lighter pencil like a 2H works best for us, because some days we just can’t draw. Things don’t go right, things don’t look the way there suppose to, and our letters end up several sizes bigger than when we started. So the point is, we need a pencil that erases well, and doesn’t leave smudgy marks all of the page.

It’s not only our pencils that have taught us as lesson or two. Paper can be a make or break factor of papercutting. Too thin, and it could end up tearing, too thick and your blades will drag, and blunt after a few cuts. We’ve experimented with a lot of papers over the last few years, and it has taken time to find the perfect one. Here a tip from us, don’t confuse paper weight with quality. We bought a cheap pad of supposedly quality artist paper, a nice medium weight. We spent a several hours drawing out some designs, then when we came to cut, it ripped. It was horrible. It pulled every time there was any slight curve in the cut. We have had lighter weight paper in the past that have been smooth to cut, but have torn after because they it was too flimsy to be handled.

Hare & Tortoise Papercut

When we have finished drawing out, we are down to the best bit … yay! There’s something really satisfying about cutting tiny shapes out of paper. Our go to blades are the Swann Morton blades, No.11 with our favourite handles by tonic studios. We used to use the general craft knife blades, but since trying the swann morton’s we were converted. We have had the same old green cutting mats for years, one has some random burn marks on from when we went through a ‘pyrography’ stage.

So to summarise, all we use is a pencil, paper, craft knife, and cutting mat, to cut holes out of paper. Well done if you got to the end of this, it’s been a long one.

The Paper Roses x


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