Bookbinding and paper marbling

Creative festive papercutting with Christine Green

Ref: S1D09282


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About this course

Learn how to design simple imagery and lettering into festive paper-cut cards and designs, as you master using a scalpel safely.

Course Description

The ancient art of paper cutting is enjoying a resurgence of interest and this course offers you the chance to master the basics and learn how to use a scalpel safely, how to design for successful paper cutting and how to present your finished work.

You will start with some simple cutting exercises to learn how to use the scalpel to best effect, move on to designing a simple festive motif. Your second paper cut will be a card that stands up, using lettering and simple imagery. You might produce a couple of different designs. (Don't worry if you consider yourself a non-drawer, Christine will help you)

Christine will be bringing a wide variety of resources to inspire you including Haitian metal work, Polish, Mexican and Swiss examples of paper cuts and lots of examples of her own and her students' work. Your finished paper cuts will be unique to you and could make great Christmas gifts.

Please note: Students should not have any issues to impede safe use of a scalpel.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • Christine will supply all of the paper to use on the course. This is all included in the course fee. Tools, including scalpels and surgical blades will be available to borrow from the tutor during the day, or may be purchased in the Craft Shop.

What students need to bring

  • Consider some words which could be incorporated in to your designs - could be a short quote, family names or family saying, an anniversary or birthday. Also if you have a particular image you might want to use in your design please bring some reference, this could be a pet, a place, a particular object.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • The following may be purchased, but all tools and paper are supplied for use during the course including: Swann Morton scalpel handle number 3 and Swann Morton surgical blades number 10A
  • B pencil
  • A4 self-healing cutting mat
  • A4 layout paper
  • A range of cartridge and coloured papers


Christine Green

Christine Green trained as a graphic designer at Kingston Polytechnic and worked for the BBC creating title sequences. She gained her PGCE at Goldsmiths and runs craft workshops and gives inspirational talks. She featured on BBC's "Make! Craft Britain" teaching paper cutting to a group of novices.

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