Shadow puppets are fairly easy to make and can provide great entertainment for both children
and adults alike. Once you have created the shadow puppets, it’s up to you to tell a magical
story that will take your family and friends on a papercut adventure. With a hare that is the fastest sprinter in the county, a mouse that loves to whisper gossip and a mischievous squirrel that is always up to something, you are bound to have many a tale to tell!
Shadow puppets work best on black card, and these instructions will guide you in attaching the templates to your card and cutting them out. An alternative is to photocopy the templates onto white card to start with and cut them straight out to save you sticking down templates. You could then paint the cutout shapes black afterwards.
The appeal of papercutting is that anyone can try it, the equipment is cheap, and the results are stunning. All you need is practice to perfect the art. This beautiful book will introduce you to the world of papercutting and show you how to create your own exquisite works of art. Beginners will have all the knowledge they need to get started: from basic techniques to creative step-by-step projects. It's also a great resource for the more advanced papercutter: materials, techniques, and inspirational projects all feature. Learn about the history of papercutting and be inspired by the work from many international papercutting artists.© 2015 Emily Hogarth / Search Press · Reproduced with permission.
Now all you have to do is practise bringing your puppets to life by manoeuvring them with the sticks. To create magical shadows, shine a lamp at your puppets while moving them, to see the animals dance across the room.