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The paper cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen and my own attempt

A quite accidental, but wholly wonderful thing has happened as a result of this blog post. I cleared out my craft supply colossus (my chest of drawers full of complete randomness) and stumbled upon my X-Acto knife (I had no idea this was what it was called until about 5 seconds ago) and decided to try my hand at some paper cutting.

Danni recently wrote about Chinese paper cutting which you can read about here.

I will share with you the results of my attempt at paper cutting, but first and most importantly a discovery: Hans Christian Andersen was a well-known for paper cutting. I did not know this.


Darned right it’s amazing!

As much as I do not need any more books, the temptation to buy this one is quite significant. Here are just a few examples of his work out of the huge amount I found while searching for more information:

Hans Christian Anderson paper cuts 3

Image sourced from I Heart Picturebooks

Hans Christian Anderson paper cuts 1

Image sourced from Meridian.org

A lot of his paper cuts were used as original illustrations in Hans Christian Andersen’s stories. I find them all absolutely magical. Being a rather massive fan of puppetry – particularly shadow puppetry – his work in paper cutting reminds me of amazing puppetry I’ve seen. I even attended a shadow puppetry animation course at the Barbican a couple of years ago; it was amazing what some people produced, but the simplicity along with the intricacies is something that really excites me.

So, I did have a go at doing some paper carving myself. I decided to make a night light using a jam jar (being big jam and chutney fans in this house, we have many) and a off cut of some black paper from a sketch book. I grabbed my trusty X-Acto knife, a thick piece of card and a sketching pencil, and began to draw the scene.










About thisischarlie

I'm Charlie Parker, one half of the craft duo Danni and Charlie do craft. I love crafting in all its guises, from baking to knitting to growing vegetables (which most definitely IS a craft). I am all about local - local wool, local shops, local communities. I am a novice drawer and doodler, my plan is to be better and do my own illustration zine and then hit the road with my wool and bearded Canadian. These are my dreams. Thank you for visiting my blogs.

2 comments on “The paper cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen and my own attempt

  1. Haruko-chan

    I had no idea Hans Christian Andersen also did paper cuttings.

  2. cjpinlondon

    @Haruko-chan thank you for your comment! I know, I didn’t have a clue either – love his children’s stories though and was even more of a fan when I realised he was a papercutter as well.

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