Paper cutting workshop
Aimee started by showing us how to transfer a design onto our paper, using tracing paper and pencil. She explained the design needs to be reversed as you always cut from the back. She then showed us the basics on holding the scalpel, changing the blades, how to cut straight lines and curves. We all had some basic shapes to practise while she gave us advice and information. She showed us some her own work, which was staggeringly detailed, and work of other paper cutters that she admired – Rob Ryan, Poppy’s Papercuts, and SAS Creative.
We had a break (with cake) and then got started on one of Aimee’s templates. Aimee gave us further information on tips for tackling the template and ways to display our work, while we were cutting. She also gave us the very handy tip of how to fix mistakes with masking tape.
As the workshop was coming to an end, I realised that I am the kind of person who really needs to get things finished in one go! It drove me nuts that I wasn’t going to get it finished before I went home! However an hour in the evening and I had the majority of it cut out. I’ve got a few ideas on how to finish it, but haven’t come to a definite decision, so decided to leave it on the background so it isn’t too fragile.
I really enjoyed this craft and have got lots of ideas for template designs of my own. Aimee provided us with a Day of the Dead style template, so I think I’ll have a go on that to get the practise before I embark upon my own.