Have you ever cut out a snowflake or a folded paper Valentine, perhaps back in grade school? If so, you have done the art of Scherenschnitte. Hand cut Valentines were very popular with the Pennsylvania Dutch during the 1800's and were called Liebesbrief or Love letters . In some cases, the Liebesbrief was sent as a marriage proposal by the shy young man to his intended.
Whether or not you wish to send a marriage proposal, you may want to try your hand at this art form.
Collect a super sharp pair of manicure scissors and make a lovely Valentine for someone special. It is very simple..Paper... Any light weight paper will do. even a brown paper bag, but I prefer antique colored parchment.
Fold your paper in half.
Draw a design making sure that your lines are connected in a way that will not cause the design to "fall apart" when cut.
Begin by drawing a heart.... Your center is the folded half of the paper.
This design can be as simple or ornate as you wish.
Begin to carefully cut with a small scissor or sharp art knife.
It may take awhile, but when you open it up... oooh how much fun to see what you have done!
Now if you really want to be adventurous, you can fold your paper up to 8 times to create a repeated pattern with a snowflake effect.
Here is a piece which was folded 4 times
The steps are as follows:Fold your paper 4 times .
Paint with a water based paint. and WALAH!
"I have you, if you like it, selected as my beloved"
"In my thoughts I have kissed you often because you are such a pretty girl"
And my favorite:
"Faith is the duty of lovers, dearest treasure, don't forget it!"
This has been sitting in my drawer FOREVER! I really should finish painting it. The style is Early American Folk art.
But this one I actually finished and hangs in our Keeping Room.
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