How to Create Vibrant and Elaborate Paper Cuts | Dani Vinokurov | Skillshare

How to Create Vibrant and Elaborate Paper Cuts

Dani Vinokurov, Fine Artist and Designer

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7 Videos (18m)
    • Introduction

    • Tools + Materials

    • Creating Your Design

    • Transferring Your Design To Paper

    • Making Your First Cuts

    • Your Project

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

Paper cutting is a traditional folk art that has lasted centuries. From elaborate Japanese kirigami to popular silhouette cuts of the 18th century and from the custom of decorative Jewish ketubot to the bright Mexican papel picado, the popularity paper cutting spans both time and culture. And it is as vibrant a medium for artists today as it was in 4th century China.

As a mixed media collage artist, paper cutting is a huge part of my art making practice. I’m excited to share the tips and techniques I’ve learned over the years with you.

Let’s make some beautiful and elaborate paper cuts together.

In this class you’ll learn:

  • Suggested tools and papers for creating your paper cuts
  • Tips for creating your design
  • How to transfer your design to paper
  • Tips and techniques for cutting your piece

Make sure to download the free resources. I’ve created a list of my favorite paper cut artists, websites, and books to get you inspired, along with a shopping list for your tools/papers, and a series of templates you can download, print, and cut to hone your paper cutting skills.

Download Inspiration Guide
Download Shopping List
Download Practice Sheet
Download Medium Complex Template
Download Complex Template [JRR Tolkien Quote]

If you have questions, please feel to respond in the comments below and I’ll respond as quickly as I can.





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Dani Vinokurov

Fine Artist and Designer

Hi! My name is Dani Vinokurov. I’m a graphic designer and fine artist living in Los Angeles, California. 

By day, I help run a small marketing and graphic design firm where I design branding, websites, and marketing collateral for small companies.

By night, I wield an x-acto knife, pen and ink, and needle and thread to make mixed media collages. My work is combination of tiny ink drawings, meticulous paper cuts, watercolor washes, miniature weavings and embroi...

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