These small pictures can't
begin to show the intricacy of these pieces of art! The
detail is exquisite! Actual size is around
As soon as they invented
paper, the Chinese developed its use. For a long
time, paper-cutting was reserved to high-society women as an
aristocratic hobby. Later, as paper became more 'democratic', paper-cuts
make their appearance in lower classes of society. First reserved to
women and young girls as a domestic art, it became an art when some
craftsmen, essentially men, practiced it! It needs great dexterity
and real graphic abilities. In its simplest form, the traditional
paper-cut uses only the contrast between 2 colors: the one of chosen
paper - it is often red but all colors are possible - and the white of
the background. In the pictures above, the background is
white. For photographic purposes, the cuts were placed on while
paper. In actuality, this is the open background of the work, which you
can see on the image with the red background.
paper-cut is an object. That means the drawing must be unbroken, each
part of the illustration communicating with another...all in one piece!
That is the art, and the beauty, of paper-cutting. Our papercuts
are truly unique! Each one is laboriously cut and then handpainted
on delicate rice paper, by skilled artisans.
The greatest challenge is in mounting the papercuts because they are so
fragile and lightweight.
After a lot of experimentation, we've found that one of the best ways is
to mount them on paper with an adhesive spray. Place the papercut face
down on a sheet of waxed paper. Spray lightly from about a foot away,
attempting to get an even layer over the entire pattern. Then peel it
off gently and place it on the card stock, taking care not to let
wrinkles form. If there is too much adhesive, the papercut will stick to
the waxed paper and be difficult to remove. It's necessary to rinse the
spray nozzle frequently under hot water to keep the spray fine.
beautiful greeting cards. It's possible to make a simple, elegant
card by just gluing a single papercut to a folded piece of white
card stock, but there are endless possibilities for creative
Here is an example of a matted papercut.
Some other examples:
different colors of card stock. Neutral colors and pastels sometimes
work best without distracting from the papercut design. Mat and
frame for a glorious exhibit!
Apply solid colored
papercuts to contrasting paper, trim around that with scissors and
then apply it to the card.
Add dimension and
interest to the card by dry embossing the card first with a simple
different textures of card stock and backgrounds.
Add simple lines, dots,
cutouts or other designs to the edges or corners of the card to
"frame" the papercut. Satin ribbon along the edges of the
card can also add a nice finish to the card.
Enjoy the beauty of these
delightful creations! They make great inexpensive gifts!
Please note: Colors will
vary somewhat, as each is hand painted.
NEW! Now available laminated!
Ready to hang from your tree, gift bags or anywhere you
want a little extra decorative sparkle! Comes with a ribbon attached
and ready to hang! They are also available on porcelain ornaments at
our CafePress shop! Go There!
GIFTWRAP IT! We can make your gift
special! Depending on the item
you are purchasing, we will select an
appropriate-sized special gift box,
add tissue or colorful paper shred,
include a laminated gift
tag (goat design of course!) and a
FREE Goat Note Card! The
entire collection is only $1.95...less
than the price of a card alone!
Or, if you would prefer a fabric gift bag or decorative tin -
Select the Card
you would like!
comment section of the shopping
cart, add any remarks you would like
included on the GoatNote Card.
If your "ship to" address is the
same as your order address, we will
include these items "flat" and ready
for you to use. If your "ship to"
address goes to someone else, we'll
have it all setup and ready to
surprise the recipient!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATRONAGE!