DIY NAUTICAL KNOT PAPERCUTS
Repetition is a major component of my work and papercutting style; it creates eye movement, helps to unify different subject matters, and provide a level of visual and technical consistency. These nautical knot papercuts are great because they rely on a very simple repeated rope link shape. The classic nautical knot formations themselves are standard (a template for a basic square knot is included in this blog post), therefore the link shapes just need to follow and rotate along the basic shape of the knot you want.
Excel Blades K-26 Black Fit Grip Knife
Excel Blades Super Sharp Double Honed Blades (#11)
Excel Blades Self-Healing Cutting Mat
Excel Blades Blue Hollow Point Tweezers
Canson Mi Teintes 112 Eggshell Paper (98lb/160g)
Step 1: Draw your knot onto the back side of the paper.
Step 2: Once you’ve got your drawing finished, you will need to consider how to cut out the individual rope link shapes. For this DIY, I will demo three different styles:
Step 3: Begin cutting out the inside of each rope link shape.
Step 4: Once the inside of each rope link is cut out, you will need to cut around the outside of each link shape to liberate the knot. Pay careful attention to follow the shape of each link to get the true contour of the rope.
Step 5: Carefully remove your knot from the surrounding paper (you might want to use tweezers).
Step 6: You’re finished - frame as you like!
Because of the symbolism and meaning that knots have long held, I have found that these knot papercuts make great wedding and house warming gifts. If nothing else, they make for great practice and provide a lot of easy opportunity to experiment with different cutting styles and techniques.