5 Tips for Paper Cutting

I originally wrote these five tips for an author who asked what techniques that were unique to my practice in cut paper. So if you cut paper like I do, i.e., with a template, these few pointers might help you:

1.  To align my cutout template with the rice paper, I use staples on the top two corners for registration and paperweights to keep the template from shifting while cutting.

2.  I make sure a cut paper piece in progress is structurally sound by starting in the center and working out to the edges.

3.  For large pieces, it is best that you do not lift the cut paper before it is complete and to also cover any cut section with a blank sheet of paper when resting your hand or arm upon it to cut other areas. These precautions protect the delicate areas.

4.  When doing intricate cutting, it helps to lift your knife to the very tip of the blade at the end of a line to prevent over cutting.

5.  Instead of blowing or shaking stray pieces from a cut paper piece, I use a soft sable brush.

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My Cut Paper Works on Huffington Post

A slide show of 13 images of my cut paper works is featured on Huffington Post today in the Arts section.

For those of you who know my works, I created the “Tsunami” and “Power Plant” series in 2008-2009. In that two years, the massive earthquake in China occurred, the US government approved off-shore drilling, and the security and safety of the nuclear plants across the country and the world were questioned.

Unfortunately, some of these crisis are confronting the people of Japan and their beautiful country. My thoughts are with them everyday.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/07/bovey-lees-elegaic-crisis_n_845328.html?ref=fb&src=sp#s261557

 

My cut paper works on Huffington Post, April 7, 2011