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How to cut Little Red Riding Hood in winter.
Paper art by Hiromi Koike

You can cut paper freehand and make a single picture with carefully thought-out colors and layouts, almost as if you were a painter. Instead of neat, clean lines, you end up with slightly odd but interesting shapes.

“This is a pattern I thought up by imagining what the story of Little Red Riding Hood would be like if it took place in the winter,” Hiromi says. “Since the pattern is simple, the texture of the papers and the way the trees are lined up give a sense of movement.”

"Excerpted from CREATIVE PAPER CUTTING by Shufunotomo, (c) 2010.  Published by arrangement with Trumpeter, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston.   www.Shambhala.com."

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  • How to cut a piece of papercutting. Little Red Riding Hood - Step 1
    Step 1

    Materials

    A variety of color paper, hand- made Japanese paper (yellow, white, gray, pink, brown, aqua, red; 41/8" × 57/8"), scissors, glue, felt pens (nontranspar- ent orange and green)

  • How to cut a piece of papercutting. Little Red Riding Hood - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut and glue

    Hiromi Koike doesn’t draw patterns, but beginners will make fewer mistakes if they draw one first. Cut an evening sky out of navy blue paper, and glue it to the base paper.

  • How to cut a piece of papercutting. Little Red Riding Hood - Step 3
    Step 3

    Draw

    Once you decide where Little Red Riding Hood will go, draw her face on the base paper with the orange pen. When the ink is dry, use the green pen to draw her eye.

  • How to cut a piece of papercutting. Little Red Riding Hood - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut and glue

    Cut brown paper for her hair, aqua paper for her skirt, and red paper to make her red hooded cape. Glue them all on the base. Next, cut out her navy blue legs and gloves, place them on the base, and glue them down. Finally, cut the basket and the food.

  • How to cut a piece of papercutting. Little Red Riding Hood - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut

    Place five or six pieces of white paper in layers and cut out three kinds of trees.

  • How to cut a piece of papercutting. Little Red Riding Hood - Step 6
    Step 6

    Completion

    Arrange the trees in ran- dom order and at random dis- tances, and glue them down. Finish the picture by cutting out a yellow star and hanging it in the sky.

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Joy K.
Joy K. · Garland, Texas, US · 80 projects
Sweet! I'll have to give this one a shot!
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