dinokai asked: How do you get the edges to be so crisp when you cut them out with the knife? Also how do you get the edges to be so smooth around curves? I just stated to do papercutting and whatnot. Can you reply back privately please, I'm not on tumblr all the time I see the replys :) regards!
Hey! Thanks so much for your question! It’s the first time anyone has asked this, so I’m going to publish it. To tell you the truth, it is not something that I’m consciously thinking about when I cut, which I guess is eliminated due to how I hold the knife and what materials I’m using. Some pointers off the top of my head
-don’t overuse your blades (it doesn’t take long for a blade to dull, so switch it out for a new one when you feel like you’re not getting the cleanest cut)
-hovering directly over what you’re working on and holding your knife as straight as possible will help keep your edges from curling up
-take your time when you cut!
-be mindful of how much pressure you’re using, especially around curves……..if you’re blade isn’t dull, let it do most of the work for you
-if you haven’t already, it is worth your while to invest in high quality materials (which are still really cheap). Decent card stock paper will make a world of difference
-lastly, I learned a long time ago that you are your own worst critic. Things like curled edges or misshapen circles in this medium will bug the hell out of you, but are the last thing that anyone else will see in your work when compared to your pieces as a whole. What’s great about working with paper is that the individual components are seemingly insignificant and don’t carry much weight when compared to how you executed the entirety of your piece.
Keep at it with the cutting, believe me, it get’s a lot easier as you begin to build a technique that works for you. I’ve only been doing paper cutting for 4 years, but I’ve been able to pick up a lot of tips and tricks along the way that quickly became second nature to me, purely based off of exploration and challenging myself. By no means am I an expert, considering I’m entirely self-taught, these are just the things that I have found work for me. Hope this helps!