Sandra, I have always cut my paper, use a ruler, draw a pencil line then cut it. I wish I could get the decal edge though. I’m afraid it won’t rip right, I guess it probably has something to do with being left handed and unconsciously thinking it won’t rip for me, silly I know as it wouldn’t make a difference. I’m actually thinking of buying a wire bound 9×12 stillman and birn so then I can just rip out the paper and cut off the bits, it’ll keep the paper together in the wire binding but I can also be free to work in one sheet instead of a bound book. Haven’t decided yet.
Jennifer, I was afraid to rip paper for a long time (I’m a leftie, too) but once I discovered how to apply pressure, I now find it much easier than cutting, as long as I have a flat surface to work on.
Sharon, if I had a paper cutter I’d be all set, lol. Nope, just up until about 2 weeks ago, dull scissors. I finally replaced them with newer ones that work better. I’m kinda picky with straight lines and I can’t even tear out a page from a magazine straightly so I’m paranoid about wasting paper! I’d love a really good paper cutter
If you have heavier watercolor paper – 200-300 lb – here is another way of doing it that doesn’t require cutting or tearing, except for an inch or so. How to Tear Watercolor Paper by Birgit O’Connor. It does require a fairly large flat surface and doesn’t work very well with lighter paper.
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