Cut Paper to Put Over a Painting {Craft Challenge, Day 73}


Today’s challenge was inspired in part by the paper cutting book I was reading and in part by a super simple Valentine’s card I once made with a drawing of the girl’s. Cut paper to make a frame or overlay for a piece of art.

It’s easy to cut paper in simple shapes — or even not-so-simple shapes — and use the cutout as a sort of frame for a painting or drawing.

And because I’ve had flowers on my mind lately, I went with a flower shape.

Making a Cut Paper Frame

All you need for this project is a piece of cardstock or paper, a pencil, a craft knife and a mat. cut flower drawing

I drew out the design I wanted on the back of the cardstock. Clearly it was not perfect but it gave me a guideline to start with. cutting out cut paper flower

Use the craft knife to cut out the shapes more or less like you drew them. finished cut paper flower cutout

I decided in the end I didn’t like the teardrop shapes I drew at the top so I didn’t cut them out. cut paper flower overlay

Flip the piece over and place it in front of some art. cut paper flower overlay on art

I tried this painting the girl made the other day by mixing lots of colors together and then folding the paper in half. It gave it a look like leather that is really cool. cut paper frame overlays

I also tried it with a using-up-the-leftover-paint project that’s just lines and dots. It’s fun to see the difference in the look depending on where you place the openings.

If you find a piece of art you really like with the cut paper overlay, you can tape the frame on using double-sided tape.

Have you done a cutout project like this before? It’s an easy way to give an old project a completely different look. And if you try it I’d love to see how yours turns out!

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