Printing papercut on a canvas Thursday, Dec 10 2009 

Printing  papercut on a canvas:

This tutorial is available in Hebrew at:

What will you need


Sheet of paper

2 Acrylic paints (one for the background and one for the print). The paint for the print should be opaque, so it could cover the background.


Paint brush

Very thin brush ( No.1/0)

Tape that can be  easyly removed

Roller and compasses ( if you like).

A very sharp knife, it can be an x-acto or N.T D-400.

Step 1:

Paint the canvas and let it dry.

Step 2:

This is  going to be a symmetric papercut. Fold the paper into quarters.  Drawing the lines will be done on the quarter .

The center of the papercut should be at the closed part of the sheet (in this picture, the left side).

Cut the dark areas. There are contact points  in the  papercut’s part .

The papercut is going to be used as a mold. Therefore, draw thick lines. Thin lines might  be torn or get stick to the canvas with the paint. Make sure that all parts are connecting  to each other. Now you can cut it.

Step 3:

When the papercut is ready, put it on the canvas, attaching  it with a tape so it won’t move.

Tip: The canvas is flexible, if you don’t want it to move  do as I do: while I use the sponge on it, I put books underneath it.

Step 4:

When the papercut is well attached to the canvas, dip  a dry sponge  in the paint.  Now gently touch  while covering the papercut.

Make sure you had coverd everything.

Step 5:

Take off the papercut  carefully and let the paint dry.

Step 6:

With a thin paint brush, we fix the paint where it’s needed.

Hope you enjoyed,

Good Luck!

How to cut a text Wednesday, Dec 9 2009 

"woman of valor"

This is the papercut that I’m working on lately. It is not done yet, I still have to do the layers .

Before I do a papercut,  I first draw it on the back side.

Therefore, if I want to have a text written, at the back it should appear in mirror image.

To be continued…. 🙂

A layers papercut with a repetitive pattern: Tuesday, Dec 8 2009 


This tutorial is available in Hebrew at:

What will you need:

Fabriano / Canson paper

Colorful recycled papers, as many as planned layers; in this case it will be 3.

Golden leaves and metal leaf adhesive size and sealing)

A small piece thin cardboard (from a cornflakes box, for example)

A light printer color paper for the printer – the writing will be done on it.

Glue of a type that leaves no marks after it dries.

A very sharp knife, it can be an x-acto or N.T D-400.

Also, it is always good to have rulers, compasses and thin brushes for glue.

Before we start:

What I am going to show here is how I worked and what I did to achieve the final result, as you can see in the photo. But what I am actually trying to teach are the basics rules of that  kind of  work and the techniques, at least  the way I understand it. You may work with whatever papers you like, and glue that you feel suits you, etc.

Now, a few important things regarding the work itself:

Working with papercuting can be sometimes  a very delicate work, you need lots of patience and accuracy. If you find out that  a piece of paper is still connected , even with the slightest bound, never ever pull it out, unless you’re a dentist  :-). Just finish the cut with your knife.

Cutting: Always from the center outside, always the smaller  parts before the larger.

Glue: Be careful with it, it can mess things around. Use it wisely, not too much and not too little, just the right measure. The glue in this case is your friend and your enemy at the same time. I recommend using a thin brush to spread it.

Step 1:

Design and traces the lines:

For a clear demonstration I use a plain white printer paper, so it will be easy to notice what to do.

On the sheet of paper that is going to be the first & upper layer, we draw first the frame; those are boundaries that will never be passed by the cutting. Those boundaries keep the papercut as one. In the middle we leave a room for the writing.

Step 2:

A self-made pattern:

On a thin cardboard you draw some pattern that you like. When cut, it will used for the repetitive pattern. Attention! The lines should be wide.  What is colored blue is going to be taken out.

Step 3:

Cover the whole papercut with the pattern:

The colored areas are those that should be cut. So far that was drawn on the Fabriano, this is the first and upper layer.  The result: papercut with a repetitive pattern.

 Steps 4&5:

Sticking the second layer and cutting it:

Take a colourful paper; stick it with some glue underneath the first layer.

Now, for the next two layers there is no need to draw; You cut it according to the exits cuts.

In the picture you can see the work after cutting  two layers .

Step 6:

Before adding the next layer,  you should copy the inner flower of the pattern into a cupboard. 

Tip: whenever I work with golden leaf on paper, I use a golden cupboard as well, it save me  extra work latter, in case I miss a spot here and there.

Draw as many flowers as needed, cut them and cover with  golden leaf, seal it.

Step 7:



Sticking the golden flowers:

Turn the papercut and stick the flowers. Use a very small amount of glue so it won’t came out to the other side, the next layer is going to hold them anyway. Now, Put some glue on the back of the flowers.

Step 8:

Next layer:

A yellow paper, we stick it to the frame and to the touches of glue that are on the back of the flowers.

Cut it according to the empty cuts that are left.

 Step 9:

Glue the last layer, in that case it is a paper that is made out of cotton fibers.

That’s all,

Hope it was clear and helpful.

If there are any questions I am always happy to answer.

And one last tip – never throw away the leftover of the paper,  you can always use them as tiny as they are.