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Reseller Scissor Cuts Scherenschnitte In Wood Frame Children Playing Scene
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SCHERENSCHNITTE FRAMED DOUBLE MATTED 5 X 7 PICTURE READY GERMAN PAPER CUTTING
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Orig Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting Pineapple Welcome by Clifford Nevin 1983
$24.99
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MARILYN DIENER SCHERENSCHNITTE ART PAPER DOLLS SILHOUETTE GIRLS BABY CARRIAGE
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Scherenschnitte 1990 Mothers Sentiment 9x 9 Solid Wood Frame by Morgan Bros
$8.50
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1985 Scherenschnitte 9x7 Signed Sisters Sentiment by Designs with Scissors US
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FRAMED SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting TOUCHDOWN Silhouette Buckbee Brehm FREE SH
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Scissor Cuts My Sport Golf w Golf Ball Clubs 4
$20.00
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Vtg Paper Cut Design FOLK ART DESIGNS TO COLOR OR CUT Wycinanki Scherenschnitte
$11.96
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SCHERENSCHNITTE BASKET LOVE BIRDS PAPER CUTOUT FRAMED REPRO PRIMITIVE ARTWORK
$45.99
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SCHERENSCHNITTE FRAMED FEDERAL EAGLE TWIN PAPER CUTOUT FRAMED PRIMITIVE ARTWORK
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Framed Scherenschnitte type look engraving etching boy girl dancing
$12.00
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VTG SCHERENSCHNITTE BASKET WITH FRUIT FLOWERS Nicely Framed
$4.99
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Scherenschnitte Framed Our Family is a Circle of Love by Designs w Scissors 1990
$5.24
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Frans Brasch Silhouette Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte German Windmill Scene
$39.99
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VAILLANCOURT FOLK ART SCHERENSCHNITTE SANTA BLOWN GLASS ORNAMENT GERMANY
$18.00
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FRAMED German SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting Small Boy Horn Blue Matte 4 x 7
$9.99
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2 Vintage Folk Art Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Flower Bird 1987 Signed Framed
$24.99
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Frans Brasch Silhouette Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte Sailboat on Lake Scene
$35.00
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Beautifully Matted Framed Scherenschnitte Sampler By Designs With Scissors Atl
$14.95
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VINTAGE SCHERENSCHNITTE FOLK ART BIRDS ETC AAFA
$25.00
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SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER CUTTING OF INDIAN CHIEF HAND CUT W SCISSORS matted 5x7
$18.00
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1996 Designs With Scissors Inc Scherenschnitte Mom
$14.95
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2 SCISSORS CUT or SCHERENSCHNITTE Cutwork Quilt Pictures Framed 1986
$11.99
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Scherenschnitte Designs with Scissors Amish buggy cutout Framed Art 9 1 2
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Rare Antique Mahantongo Valley PA Scherenschnitte Att to Isaac Stiehly AAFA
$1,650.00
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Patriotic Art eagle flag Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting American Liberty fraktur
$99.99
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Charming Small Vintage Scherenschnitte PIGS Folk Art Parchment Silhouette
$19.99
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Scissor Cutting German Courting Young Man
$30.00
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Pair Framed Scherenschnitte Silhouettes COW LAMB Signed Evelyn Meade 2004
$20.00
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Scherenschnitte Designs with Scissors 12 Hearts w Favorite Items Wood Frame
$50.00
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Framed Folk Art Scherenschnitte Scissors Cutting Heart Vines Flowers Signed
$18.00
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Art Work with Heart Bible Verse Love Framed w Glass
$25.20
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EAVENSON Scissor Cut Scherenschnitte Peaceable Kingdom Signed ExC SHIPS FREE
$89.95
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Orig Scherenschnitte 1986 School Desk Paper Scissor Cut Folk Art
$14.95
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Lot of 3 Chrysanthemum Scherenschnitte MUMS Gold Foil S4674
$49.99
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Scherenschnitte Red Dragons Hearts Signed S4116
$25.00
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin ROMANCE GENTLEMAN
$29.99
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin MASQUERADE LADY
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin A AULIST SERENADING LADY
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin GENTLEMAN
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VINTAGE GERMAN 1930s Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin GENTLEMAN
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin A LUTIST SERENADING LADY
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin GENTLEMEN WOOING LADY
$39.99
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut Signed Alphabets ABCs Framed Art Winkler Mitchell
$19.99
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SCHERENSCHNITTE ScissorCuts ALPHABETORIUM Victorian Art
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Lot 6 Vtg Scherenschnitte Inspired Paper Art Pictures Figi Designs w Scissors
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Scherenschnitte Dcor Acorns Oak Leaves Framed Folk Art Paper Cut Papercut
$31.49
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CLAUDIA CARROLL HOPF FRIENDS SCHERENSCHNITTE FRAMED SIGNED VINTAGE ARTWORK
$64.00
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SHARON SCHAICH SCHERENSCHNITTE FRAMED SIGNED VINTAGE YOUTH PLAYING ARTWORK
$44.00
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Matted Unframed Scherenschnitte Bird Artwork NISW Art Folk Scissor
$12.00
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Small Scherenschnitte German Scissor Art Parchment Lampshade
$9.99
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Pair Folk Art Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Heart Roosters Floral Morning Glory Pa
$245.67
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Vintage Folk Art Cut Paper Scherenschnitte Handcrafted Papercut Lovebirds
$9.99
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Depression Era Scherenschnitte Oklahoma USA Paper Cutting Art 1930s 7 x 7 Framed
$52.81
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Framed Quote in Scissor Cuts or Scherenschnitte Art
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vintage paper art Scherenschnitte die cut paper dolls Hyatt Rama Bangkok napkin
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Vintage Framed Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting Duck Prints Lot of 4 12 x 14 framed
$29.99
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1989 Designs With Scissors RW Psalms 9111 Scherenschnitte Scissor Cuts
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VINTAGE ART DECO SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER CUT OUT BETWEEN GLASS ON STAND WOMAN
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Ellen Brown 1919 2011 Papercutting Original Scherenschnitte All Day Sucker
$9.99
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Ellen Brown 1919 2011 Papercutting Original Scherenschnitte Handout
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Ellen Brown 1919 2011 Papercutting Original Scherenschnitte Beach Bum
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Original Vintage Scherenschnitte Folk Art Flowers by Sharon Schaich
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Scherenschnitte Welcome signed
$14.99
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Scissor Art Rabbits Made in Heaven Nursery Baby Rare
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Home is Where They Love You German SCHERENSCHNITTE Framed Art 8 1 2 x 6 1 2
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Teddy Bear Original Signed By Artist
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VINTAGE 30s German Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin MAN WOOS LADY AULOS FLUTE
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Framed Scherenschnitte With Bible Verse Signed Bjorkman
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BLESS THIS HOUSE Vintage 80s LE Scherenschnitte Framed Matted and Signed
$15.00
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ORIGINAL FOLK ART SCHERENSCHNITTE SCISSORS CUT INTRICATE BASKET OF FLOWERS
$25.00
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1964 vintage LRG 1375 FOLK ART BIRDS scherenschnitte PAPER CUT POLANDSIGNED2
$42.50
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ORIGINAL FOLK ART SCHERENSCHNITTE SCISSORS CUT INTRICATE BASKET OF FLOWERS
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1860 antique SCHERENSCHNITTE SILHOUETTE paper cut FAIRY
$19.51
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Unframed Amish Folk Art Pictures Blessed Are Bible Verse
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Oriental Chinese cut out man dragon art scherenschnitte framed
$15.59
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Pair of Antique Vintage Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Art Ships Intricate design
$116.99
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MARILYN DIENER SCHERENSCHNITTE ART PAPER DOLLS SILHOUETTE GIRLS BABY CARRIAGE
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Designs with Scissors Framed Lifes a Patchwork Scherenschnitte pink 13 by16 3
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Vintage scherenschnitte Framed Country Themed Framed Picture
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Framed Scherenschnitte 1990 Rules for a Happy Home Designs with Scissors 5x6
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Early 20th century Scherenschnitte Group of 10 Chinese Warriors Paper Cutting
$199.00
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Scissor Cuts Scherenschnitte Step Or Foster Mom Mother Gift Framed
$40.00
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VTG Scherenschnitte Art Cut Paper Sailors Heart Design Framed 8 x 6Signed
$39.99
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5 Scherenschnitte Notecards Scissor Art by Polly Winkler Mitchell
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SWISS FOLK ART WATCH FACE HANDCRAFTED PAPER CUTTING KNOWN AS Sc
$65.00
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Beautiful Framed Scherenschnitte Scissor Cutting Marie Helen L Grabman 1994
$324.99
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Folk Art Scherenschnitte Scissor Cutting Two Pigs Birds in Tree
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VINTAGE FRAMED MATTED SILHOUETTE ART SCHERENSCHNITTE GERMAN SCISSOR CUTTING DOGS
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Vintage 30s German Art Deco Cut Paper Silhouette Print Scherenschnitte Children
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Eavenson 92 Scherenschnitte picture art framed
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Scherenschnitte Art

Scherenschnitte Art

Introduction to Chinese Paper Cut Art - Jian Zhi

In the office, in school, in shopping malls, in planes and even in the comfort rooms, we find paper in many forms and uses. It's actually quite amazing to know that one of the first uses the Chinese used paper for was as a media for cutting out shapes and forms.

During the Northern and Southern Dynasty (386 - 581 A.D.), cutting out intricate patterns out of paper has become a tradition. This was the beginning of the art of Chinese Paper Cutting called Jian Zhi. The early practitioners of this art depicted in their paper cut creations their simple life, their aspirations and their beliefs. A favorite subject are objects that are symbols for good fortune and happiness. These paper cutouts where used by the people to decorate their houses during festivals and even used by women as hair ornaments during the Tang Dynasty.

The Song Dynasty greatly improved the paper making process and introduced different colors of paper. The paper cut craftsmen of the time put the colored paper to good use in their paper cut outs. In the Ming and Qing Dynasty, paper cutting art reached its peak to the point that it became a required skill for women before they can get married. Subject covered in the Chinese Paper Cut creations also expanded to cover flora and fauna, scenes from their traditional tales and folklore and even rendering images of their famous heroes and mythical Gods.

Today, China has many paper cut artists specializing in paper cut outs. The knowledge usually was passed on by generations of paper artists in their family or home town. There are different styles of rendering paper cuttings in each region of China. There used to be only traditional Chinese themes but today western images and modern art touches are found in certain paper cut outs.

Paper Cutting also surfaced in other countries like in Germany and Switzerland they have what is called scherenschnitte, in Denmark they have papirklip, in Mexico its papel picado, the Polish have wycinanki , the Netherlands have papierknipkunst, the Japanese have kirigami and katagami and even a country like Lithuania have their own paper cut art style.

The Chinese Art of Paper Cutting is called Zhong guo Jian zhi (Chinese Paper Cut) is made either by cutting using scissors or by sculpting the patterns and shapes by using a scalpel like knife. The paper commonly used for Jian Zhi is called Xuan Paper. This paper comes from Anhui province where it is made from the fibers of a pine tree.

Scissor cutting involves folding and cutting the paper and the resulting patterns are usually symmetrical due to the folds. Non-symmetrical cutouts can also be made using scissors. Chinese Paper Cut masters just wielding scissors for a tool can produce the most ornate patterns on paper. Scissor cut paper art are usually bigger in size and scale than the knife sculpted paper cuts.

Knife sculpting of paper is currently widely practiced in China. The highly skilled paper cut artists can sculpt even the thinnest and delicate lines on paper. There is a paper cut art style in China called Xi Wen style or roughly translated in English it means "thin line" style. Thin line paper cut artists can carve 50 lines on a square inch of paper. Once, a thin line paper cut master carved out 100 flowers on a one square centimeter paper.

Various regions in China have nurtured their own styles of Jian Zhi. Some counties like Yu County in Hebei province have specialized in colored hand painted paper cut art. Each regional style has its own distinct characteristic. The Zhan Pu style of paper cutting from Fujian province even deviates in the kind of paper they use. They use a glossy paper called la guang (wax paper) instead of Xuan Paper. They also have a special cutting tool called pai jian which is like a fork which can carve out hair like patterns on paper.

Paper Cutting is a tradition in China and is part of Chinese life. During festivals and holidays like the Chinese New Year, every home has to have some jian zhi adorning their walls, windows or doors. This is akin to having a Christmas tree and mistletoe at home for the Christmas holidays in the western world.

More information about Jian Zhi can be found in www.chinaartworld.com.cn. A wide variety of Chinese Paper Cut Art made by different Chinese Paper Cut artists can also be seen at this web site.

Leandro Garcia is the owner and operator of China Art World website - http://www.chinaartworld.com.cn

The website aims to promote the appreciation of the traditional Chinese Paper Cutting Art called jian zhi.

 

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