gosh! somehow forgot that I did this. we did a fun project at the end of the year where we got to pick a sherlock story and make any type of image of it, as long as it was 18x24 (huge!). I decided to do a 1-page comic. It was pretty fun! I think I picked it mainly because I wanted to draw the animals, heh. looking back, i could’ve drawn bcumberbatch and martin freeman or r downey and jude law huh?
This technique is called paper cutting. I’m not an expert, in fact I’ve just started practising with it. Please bear this in mind, and also remember that there are hundreds of different ways to do this. Now, I’m just going to show you mine.
1) First of all, this is the material I use
Pencil, black ink pen, coloured pencil, ruler (better if it’s made of metal), a very sharp cutter, regular white paper, black thick paper, tracing paper, fancy paper, tape you can use on paper, stick glue.
2) You trace your design on the regular white paper. In my case, I use the size of a bookmark. Be sure to link the letters between each other and to the edges, especially if your final paper is not very thick.
3) When you’re happy with your design, trace it with a pen. I do that so it looks like the design I’m going to obtain after I cut it, so I don’t juxtapose lines.
4) Place the tracing paper on the design, and safely tape it down so it won’t move around. Since I’ll be working on black paper, I use a coloured pencil to trace the design again. If you work on white paper, a normal pencil will work fine.
5) Take your final, thick paper, place the tracing paper on it, with the traced side down. Tape it. With an unsharp pencil, trace the lines. Press hard.
(All the stages so far allow you to have a sort of matrix of your design, so you can replicate it later. If you want, you can just trace it on the final paper. but remember that it needs to be mirrored! You can’t have pencil lines on the front side, or you won’t be able to erase them after you cut).
6) Remove the tracing paper. You should obtain a pretty clear mirrored copy of your original design. You might need to go over some spots with the coloured pencil again.
7) Now, if you need a fold, I suggest you to make it now, otherwise the paper will be too fragile after you cut it. Using the cutter, start cutting the lines. BE PATIENT! Round lines are more difficult. I find it easier to rotate the paper while I’m cutting, but I read that also doing very small cuts in circle works fine.
8) And this is the result
9) I use some fancy paper to make the words stand out. So I glue the paper on the un-cut side. Then, I glue only the edges of the cut side. And it’s done!
"Now let me dispel a few rumours so they don’t fester into facts. Yes, I too attended at ‘Hell-ton’ and survived. And no, at that time I was not the mental giant you see before you. I was the intellectual equivalent of a 98 pound weakling. I would go to the beach and people would kick copies of Byron in my face."