Paper: Tear or Cut?


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  • Ooh, that’s a good idea! I’ll go try it, gotta find my dropper.

    Kate, do you have the paper right side up when you tear?

    If worse comes to worse, a spoon will do the same thing.  I find it a little more difficult to handle but it works.

    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, do you cut with scissors or a paper cutter?

    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

    sandra, I seriously suck at it. :o(

    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.


    What a cool trick! Thanks for the link Sandra!

    My pleasure! I’m glad I remembered it and was able to find the video again.

    Thanks Sandra, can’t wait to watch it. Now all I have to do is find a quiet place without people!

    The video’s pretty easy to follow even without sound!

    Ok, finally got away from everyone, they’re watching beauty and the beast, lol. Love this little video, Bergit makes it look so easy. I can’t wait to try it! She’s such a great artist!

    She comes up with very practical advice, too!

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