Thursday, February 11, 2010


That's a funny word, isn't it? It's German, and it literally means scissor cutting. This past week I had my art students at Kids' Club do a little scissor cutting to make valentines for loved ones. Theirs were very simple, and I decided to try a little cutting on my own. Here are two that I've done. I think the Girl in the Garden is more successful (the scanner cut off the outer border) but I used a dull Exacto knife, so the lines weren't very clean.

This one I did last night with a utility knife which had a new blade. Much easier cutting. I did make a few mistakes. Gluing it down to another piece of paper was really botched--the paper wasn't flat so it buckled in some areas, much to my chagrin.

It is a pretty fun activity and only takes about 20 minutes or so to cut one out. I didn't even draw a design, I just cut along with the knife, thinking of what to do as I went. Which also explains some of the mistakes I made, not taking into account far enough in advance where some cuts needed to be made or not made.

Happy Thursday!

1 comment:

Snippety Gibbet said...

Hi, Rachel...Nice start with the scherenschnitte. The problems you encountered (gluing and cutting) are constant problems for the scherenschnitte artist. If I feel cheap or lazy, and my cutting blade starts getting dull, my work suffers. A dull blade does baaaad things for scherenschnitte. Over the years I have found that I like using spray adhesive the best. I like the temporary kind that lets you lift the piece up if you make a mistake. Another thing that I do is to use a toothpick and just use it to dab a bit of glue here and there. jan

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