Word/Project of the Day: Scherenschnitte

For many years, I have harbored a secret love of the art of papercutting.  There’s something so immediate and enchanting about the intricacy of the art.  Today, I read a wonderful article about friend and paper cutter extraordinaire, Cindy Bean, whose work was featured on the fantastic blog The House That Lars Built.

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Image of Cindy Bean from The House That Lars Built

Although I don’t want to even attempt to compare my skills to Cindy’s when it comes to scherenchnitte (which means “scissor cuts” in German and is the art of papercutting design – thanks, Wikipedia), every once in a while I attempt a project to exercise my novice papercutting skills.  I recently designed a gift for my husband for Valentine’s Day: a papercut map of the world to showcase our travels together.  It’s not perfect–I wouldn’t use it to navigate the globe or anything like that–but I’m pretty proud of my handiwork.

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My 24″ x 36″ papercut map of the world (don’t look too closely)

Papercuts are inherently cost-effective, which is one reason I like them.  (Relatively cheap materials and tools make me happy.)  To make my map, I searched the interwebs for a map image that I liked; copied and pasted it into Photoshop; enlarged it to the preferred size of 24″ x 36″; and finally printed it out.  With this template in hand, I overlaid it on black paper and proceeded to cut out each continent.  Once I had completed the papercutting, I pasted each cut piece onto a sheet of watercolor paper and mounted the whole shebang to a cork board that I had discovered at the local thrift shop (I painted the frame of the cork board black – I always go for a black frame).  I then added some sleek and simple pushpins to locate where my husband and I had traveled over the years, and voila! I had my map and the perfect gift for my honey.  A fairly simple but handsome DIY project that turned out pretty well.

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I like these metal pushpins showing where my husband and I have traveled together.

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A close-up of the map.

 

 

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