Bookbinding and paper marbling

Creative paper cutting with Christine Green

Ref: S2D08845

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About this course

The ancient art of paper cutting is brought right up to date. You will learn to master using a scalpel safely and accurately, how to design and incorporate hand drawn lettering into your designs. This low cost, low tech craft is highly creative and very rewarding.

Course Description

This low cost, low tech craft which is highly creative and very rewarding.

You will learn how to use a scalpel safely, how to design for successful paper cutting and how to present your finished work. Christine will be bring 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.

You will start with some simple cutting exercises to learn how to use the scalpel to best effect, move on to cutting out a more challenging design; design a monogram using your initials; and then design and cut a more complex piece. You will then advance to adding some simple folds to your design and create a three-dimensional cut.

You need only very basic drawing ability, but have no issues which may impede safe use of a scalpel.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

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 .

Available to buy

  • Swann Morton scalpel handle number 3
  • Swann Morton surgical blades number 10A
  • B pencil
  • A4 self healing cutting mat (may also be borrowed)
  • A4 layout paper
  • A4 coloured papers and cards
  • Cartridge paper
  • The tutor will also bring a selection of materials for purchase, the cost of around £5 depending on what you use must be paid to her before the end of the course, by cash or cheque.


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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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