Create stunning papercuts the easy way

Use traditional paper-cutting techniques with digital processes to add originality, writes Jonathan Chapman

I'm often asked how I go about starting a papercut design, and people don't usually expect me to use software or computers at all.

As all my designs are hand-cut with a scalpel, people expect me to create all my work by hand too, but sometimes technology can speed certain things up - creating beautiful curves that echo natural elements, for example.

In this tutorial I'll show you the basic tips and techniques for creating a silhouette template for a papercut, and will then explain the process of creating the papercut itself. Once complete, the design can be used in a variety of contexts such as promotional postcards or prints, and with these specific tips you can go on to develop your own ideas and concepts in this traditional style.

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