Paper Cutting And How Simple Paper Becomes Alive

Editor   September 23, 2015   Comments Off on Paper Cutting And How Simple Paper Becomes Alive

silhouette children

Scissor art of paper cutting

The paper cutting is an art technique, cut the figures out of paper using a pair of scissors.  This technique probably originated in Asia, where it was first used for painting of porcelain tableware. Still craft artists make there small, paper-cut symbols of happiness and luck on the occasion of the Chinese new year Festival.

The technique came to Europe in the 17th century and gained popularity among nobles and courtiers. The colors in the art were saved temporarily after a drastic economy measures, a French Minister of Finance named Etienne de silhouette.  Silhouette art or even outline known us called, thus that arose.


Great three-dimensional worlds can be caused by the technique of paper cutting

paper cutting forest

Probably developed the technique for painting porcelain in China

silhouette China porcelain

Through a colour gradient in the background, the image appears all the more mystic

silhouette dream fairy

In the Switzerland, this artistic craft is maintained and developed

silhouette folk motif

Carefully, the motifs with a sharp blade made of paper will be “free”

silhouette white

A portrait of silhouettes greatly reduced the representation on shady outlines. Thus, the essential characteristics of a person are reflected. The measure was a romantic fashion. Such a portrait of the beloved person as a keepsake was common to give.

The first Princely House in Germany, where the paper cutting became popular, was Darmstadt. Later, other courts followed the internship of paper cutting which has been slightly modified. The minimalism resigned something and made appear outlines by jewellery and pieces of clothing on the portraits.

Fanciful creatures to life can be awakened from plain paper

silhouette Tim Burton

Artwork, crafts, technology

Except Silhouetten-portraits, there is still the folding cutting technique, in which a sheet of paper to halves, quarters, or even smaller parts is folded and trimmed.

The silhouette is a positive and a negative image. You can use the negative as a stencil to paint out. The positive image can become part of an artistic application or collage. The lanterns with fabulous or Christmas motifs are a common and well-known example.

Although paper cutting arts and crafts have a long tradition and recognized artistic value, the technique is considered tantenhaft and old fashioned.

The shadow figures are sufficient to immediately guess the fairy in the picture

silhouette Bremen city

Although it looks simple, you need this technique much precision

paper cut leaves

Character to is also an important prerequisite

silhouette Batman

A sharp cutter can well support your skilful hands

silhouette formation

Worth the effort in most cases

silhouette spring

Also, you must know that in the design of everything can look good, when it is in the right light.  Contemporary artists, including the fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld used the Scissor look due to its good recognition value.

We observe a variation of paper cutting in the stencil technique of graffiti and street art artists of our time.  The art of paper cutting is widely used in the art of motion pictures. Cut out animation, which is similar to a puppet theater, is implemented with success in cinema.

The paper cutting is a unique technique that brings unique results

silhouette circle

Start with something simple like this family of four including the

silhouette family

If you manage the work, you can make perhaps a wind chime with your favorite motifs themselves

silhouette yard

There are well-known artists who create complex and masterful works in the field of paper cutting

paper cutting magic

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