Tutorials.

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Tutorials.

Postby robyn » 10 May 2013, 20:43

I've been asked to write some papercraft/papercutting tutorials for a big website, v exciting, but I need to come up with a list of tutorial ideas to send to them.
Sooo, what paper based tutorials would excite you and get you making?
If you've seen my work, what would you like explained about how I make it?
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Re: Tutorials.

Postby Mummyto1 » 10 May 2013, 20:53

I love your intricate paper cuts. I'd be interested in the process - ie whether you do a drawing first (and maybe ideas re where to get inspiration for those of us who aren't as naturally creative!) how you then transfer the design to the paper you will cut, how you hand cut it, etc. I think the sort of things that would inspire people are things that are obvious gifts... So maybe include how to display/frame them etc.
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Re: Tutorials.

Postby AB&M » 10 May 2013, 21:11

Is it just paper cutting? I'd love to know how to make a family for Olga (the doll you made Annie).
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Re: Tutorials.

Postby robyn » 10 May 2013, 21:25

I love that she's called olga :-)
Yes, just paper stuff for now, I think they've got loads of textile people already. She's very simple to make though, maybe I'll do a tutorial for my poor neglected blog on her!
Thanks for the ideas mummyto1(+2!)
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Re: Tutorials.

Postby ches » 10 May 2013, 23:12

For paper cutting tutorials, you could do a series that builds skills or have each one self-contained, which is better from a website point of view. I would start with simple skills that let people complete one item and build in complexity. Seasonality will help promote them, for instance near Christmas a starting tutorial involving just straight line cuts that ended in a star, around Halloween something ending in a pumpkin cutting. Of course, there's not much seasonal now... maybe straight line cuts for bunting? Anyway, I suppose my main thought is to have each tutorial end in a finished cut, rather than a tutorial about what equipment you need, one about choosing paper, one about transferring the image into a cut outline and then finally getting to cutting. That sequences good for a book (hint hint) but not.for a website.
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Re: Tutorials.

Postby Pics » 11 May 2013, 07:04

How exciting! ALso, including some basic tips about choosing the right tools and the minimum number of tools needed.
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Re: Tutorials.

Postby t&n's mummy » 11 May 2013, 08:24

Oo well done! I'd like to know how you do it, I am in awe! Something about practice exercises and what you need to get started.
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Re: Tutorials.

Postby doodlesmummy » 11 May 2013, 15:10

I definitely like the idea of tutorials building on complexity of papercuts, where to get the best paper or card, different tools etc and how to compose / design your own. When I try to design one I tend to go wrong and find it hard to work out which bits will be positive and which negative iyswim?
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Re: Tutorials.

Postby AB&M » 11 May 2013, 17:14

robyn wrote:I love that she's called olga :-)
Yes, just paper stuff for now, I think they've got loads of textile people already. She's very simple to make though, maybe I'll do a tutorial for my poor neglected blog on her!
Thanks for the ideas mummyto1(+2!)


She looks German somehow <shrugs>

I would like to see a tutorial in paper cutting which mean I had something at the end (although a what you need to get started would be good the week before!).
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Re: Tutorials.

Postby mamapup » 11 May 2013, 17:26

I'm nosy and just had a peek at your website. Wow. What beautiful work. That's all!
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Re: Tutorials.

Postby robyn » 11 May 2013, 17:59

Thanks all.
At the moment I'm thinking of a piece all about materials/equipment etc. Then...
a project to make a small papercut bauble with just an image, probably a bird
a piece with a word, possibly a card with the word 'love' which would introduce how to cut a swirling line so it looks like a joined up line rather then getting disjointed around the 'e'
a piece featuring a name, so that would introduce doing your own designs and the processes involved in that, and framing.
a family tree (this is the one I'm hoping people might attempt, then decide is too difficult so pay me to do for them!)

I need to come up with a few more!
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Re: Tutorials.

Postby Svea » 11 May 2013, 21:24

BLIN&M wrote:
robyn wrote:I love that she's called olga :-)


She looks German somehow <shrugs>


erm, Olga is a Russian name, BM. just saying :wink:
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Re: Tutorials.

Postby AB&M » 12 May 2013, 19:35

Oh :oops: :oops:
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Re: Tutorials.

Postby jvnt » 13 May 2013, 01:11

BLIN&M wrote:Oh :oops: :oops:


Wouldn't worry, it was my mums name too she wasn't Russian or German ;-)
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Re: Tutorials.

Postby robyn » 27 May 2013, 06:56

Just got an email saying they like my ideas and a contract to sign. Hurrah! Thanks for your help!
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