Papercutting book deal takes flight

May 17, 2016


I have just signed a deal for a papercutting book with adult-colouring publishing giant Pavilion.


The book - which will be released in summer 2017 - will allow even those with no artistic ability to achieve spectacular papercutting results.


I hope to pass on my skills and knowledge through this book, so that even those who think they’re no good at art can produce something beautiful.


To start the work, I will do pencil drawings of each illustration, while I work out whether the design is pleasing to the eye. Once those are complete, I will make these pencil works into fine-liner illustrations to show the publisher.


Then it's on to the papercuts themselves, and while cutting I often change elements of the design, because what can look good as a line drawing, often does not translate to a 3D papercut.


And I’m delighted to be working with Pavilion, which has been a great supporter of illustrators, especially through its phenomenally successful Millie Marotta colouring books.


Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom sold more than 500,000 copies in just 6 months, in countries ranging from Lithuania to Korea, Spain to Japan, and it shot straight to the No.1 slot on


Millie is a very talented artist – I can only hope that people enjoy papercutting with me as much as they enjoy colouring with her.


People are certainly very interested in papercutting, though the most common comment I get is ‘I can’t work out how you do it!’ Because of that, I’ll be passing on techniques and giving readers the confidence – and knowledge – to make their own works of art.


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