Over recent months I have been marveling at the beautiful paper-cut works of art that I have seen on Pinterest and FB, and I am interested in having a go myself.
I could ask dh for some kit, for Christmas - but I don't know what the basics are, that I'd need to get started, so I am hoping that there are MNers who do this craft, and could recommend me a few basics, to get me going, and maybe a book or two as well.
Don't bother with a swivel blade - I have one and still haven't worked out what it's supposed to be used for!
Cutting mat: a cheapish one will do. Size is more important - they come in 'A' sizes (A4, A3 etc). Usually getting the largest you can afford/have room for is best but really it depends on what size paper you'll be cutting. Don't bother with A5 as that will be too small.
That page also suggests a metal ruler (I assumed all paper cutting was done freehand but obviously not!). It needs to be metal because the blade can cut into plastic and wood. I have a Linex which I REALLY recommend as it has a safety channel for your fingers and has a smooth high side on the cutting edge so it's easy to line up your blade for an accurate cut. I have a 30cm one but this entry on Amazon for the 50cm ruler shows pictures of how it differs from a plain metal ruler:
Thank you for all that information, Plexie and Petallic!
I used to be a Theatre nurse, so Swann Morton blades were a part of my daily life - I will probably go for those just for the nostalgia! I even visited the factory, as part of my Operating department nursing course!
I am hoping for some amazon vouchers for Christmas, so I will treat myself in the New Year, and have a go at this beautiful craft.
I've dabbled a bit with paper cutting, the only thing I'd add to petalics list would be a craft knife similar to this , the swan mortons are good but this one is much more comfortable to use, it's slightly weighted so much more like using a pen.