Papercutting Workshop – Please express your interest! :)

Hi guys,

I’m planning to hold a Papercutting  Workshop in Alabang on either February 13 or 20, and I need a show of hands (virtual hand, that is) so I can plan accordingly. Venue will be at the Spectrum Lifestyle Store at Commercenter Alabang. Comment below with your e-mail address so I can add you to the preliminary list. Thanks! 🙂

Wendy

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Elephants

It’s been a week since my bazaar stint at Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons —  my second time to join the Maker’s Market — and I’m still over the moon. It was a successful one! I can’t wait for the next one in September. (More on my bazaar experience in my next post)

One of the people who paid my booth a visit was an old friend. She was my first ever best friend; we’ve known each other since grade school. I’m going to spare myself the task of revealing my age by not going into more details (*cough*specific year*cough*). Let’s just say it was in the 90’s. Yeah.. We’ve been friends thaaaat long, and so, it was really a lovely surprise for me to see her there. 

She commissioned me to make her elephant papercuts: a bookmark and a framed papercut. I’m posting just the framed papercut as I haven’t gotten a good photo of the bookmark yet. Anyway, here it is: 

 

  
I love how it turned out. I used stone paper for this piece as the lines are very fine which made the papercut delicate, then framed the final piece in double glass. Total time to make this: about 1.5 hours, including the sketching bit.

Fun fact on elephants: Did you know that when elephants meet up with family or friends, they entwine their trunks? That’s elephant-style hugging right there!

I’m ending this post with a song which played while I was just about to finish my elephant papercut. Spotify is magic.

Papel de Pinay x Paper Stories

I will be conducting a demo on papercutting at Paper Club’s Paper Stories event/ bazaar on Saturday, November 8 at Heima Store in Kapitolyo, Pasig.

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The demo will run from 1pm to 3pm; I will also be selling my stuff during this time. The bazaar, though, will be open to the public from 9am to 7pm. The best news: admission is free! 🙂

See you there!

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Wedding Papercut Present

I was recently commissioned to make a papercut by my aunt as a wedding present for my cousin and his soon-to-be wife who are both based in the US. I barely know them as a couple so I opted to do a theme that is somewhat safe for wedding papercuts: leaves and flowers.

I wanted to make the names in formal script so I decided to have it digitally printed instead of drawing it by hand. I used my favorite cursive font to cut: Egregio script. It’s flowy and formal, but thick enough for easy cutting. I would’ve loved to use a thinner font, but unfortunately, I ran out of stone paper, and cutting text with thin strokes is only doable (I’m speaking based on my own experience) with good quality paper, i.e. stone paper.

The only parts that are digital are the text and the oval (in mirror image, of course), the rest are handdrawn.

Everything was cut using a single sheet of 8 x 10 in. cream paper and an X-acto blade (yes, I’m back to using X-acto and I must admit, I kinda missed it 🙂 )

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Glass on Glass

I just love the effect of clean white paper between two glass frames.

These are my two latest projects which were both commissioned (and did I mention, were due on the same week too?).

For the “Gilles and Leslie” papercut, I used stone paper (papel de piedra). I always find it easier to make clean cuts on stone paper. It doesn’t tear easily and my knife glides smoothly on the paper when I make a cut. I wish I could find a stone paper that’s bigger than what I have, though. I only have 6×8″ ones. If you do know where I can find larger ones, please do tell!

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The “Louis and Laarni” papercut, on the other hand, is made from a plain acid-free paper with 100gsm thickness.

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Which of the two do you like better? 🙂

Knives and Blades, a Review

I remember being asked by one of my followers on instagram (my ig is @papeldepinay, btw) to write a review on my cutting instruments a couple of months back. It seemed like a good idea since I’ve used several brands already and I do have my favorites.

Since July last year, I’ve used the following brands: X-acto, Maped, Dafa, Linex and Morn Sun.

X-acto

X-acto is probably the most known brand of blade used for papercutting. It is a brand owned by Elmer’s Products, the company specializing in adhesives. So far, the X-acto blades I see in bookstores are sold per piece, in 2s (in cylinders), or in 3s. These are all X-acto #11 blades, but are just packed differently by bookstores. I’ve noticed, though, that the blades sold per piece last longer and cut more deeply. I’ve no idea why, though. The blade is also darker grey in color and has an inscription that it’s made in the US.

It’s not a surprise that X-acto is a favorite among crafters. It makes very precise and sharp cuts. However, because the blade is really sharp, the tip can break easily. And once the tip is broken, it’s good for nothing. You’ll have to replace the blade. This is a problem especially for crafters like me who tend to make deep cuts. If I am making an A4-sized papercut, I ‘d normally have to use 2 to 4 X-acto blades.

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The dark grey blade makes better cuts and does not break easily.

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Maped

The Maped brand has got to be my favorite. Okay, I might be a little biased (or just plain biased) about this as I’ve only used Maped knives since I started cutting. Why? Their knife has a soft grip (your fingers will thank you) and very easy to use. You can also buy blades from other brands, which is what I do. So if you prefer to use other brands, you can just buy their blades and attach the blade to your Maped craft knife. As for the blade’s quality, it lasts the longest compared to other blades. Sometimes, I am able to make 2 or more projects without changing the blade. It’s that durable. The tip does not easily break as well.
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A unique-looking craft knife that Maped also carries.

My only problem with Maped is that you can’t buy spare blades from this brand. You’d have to buy the knife, which also comes with 3 (or is it 4?) blades. The whole thing costs 120.00 Pesos. The price isn’t that bad, really, but what would you do with 10 similar craft knives after a while?

Dafa

The Dafa knife is not really something that I can say I’ve really used. I bought it because it has a small blade, which I thought would be great for making those tiny cuts. Unfortunately though, it didn’t quite do it for me as the knife doesn’t have a good grip to it and it easily slips off my fingers. Of course, I’m not sure if I’m just using it the wrong way. But I got tired of using it after just one project and didn’t bother to figure out the right way of holding it.

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The Dafa knife has a smaller circumference and carries a smaller blade as compared to other brands.

Linex

Linex is also another brand that I’ve noticed to be durable. I was able to make 2 papercuts without changing blades. Maybe that’s the reason why it’s a bit more expensive compared to other brands. When it comes to the quality of the cut, though, I’d say X-acto is still the better brand. The cuts it makes, as I’ve observed, are not as clean as the latter.

 

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Morn Sun

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Morn Sun is probably the cheapest brand of spare blades you can find in the market. Three blades only cost 30 Pesos. I discovered this brand in Deovir, an art supplies store, when they ran out of X-acto blades. Good thing I didn’t buy more of this as I wasn’t really happy with it. The cuts aren’t clean and the blade seems to be dull. It would probably be okay to use this for projects that do not have intricate details.

There you have it. My review on the different brands of cutting instruments I’ve used so far. If I were to rank them, my obvious top choice would be Maped, followed by X-acto, Linex, Dafa, then Morn Sun.

I hope I enlightened those of you who are also in search of that perfect blade for your projects. 🙂