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Scissor Cuts Scherenschnitte Framed Artwork 1996
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Folk Art SCHERENSCHNITTE Boy Dog with Flags PAINTING Folk Artist CLAUDIA HOPF
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Pair of Vintage Scherenschnitte Framed Folk Art from Pennsylvania All Hand Cut
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SCHERENSCHNITTE SCISSOR CUTTING FRAMED PAPER ART LIFES A PATCHWORK QUILT BLOCKS
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Fantastic mid 19th C Scherenschnitte paper cut w hand colored accents
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FRAMED SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting Small boys doves Blue Matte
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Scherenschnitte Designs With Scissors Scissor Cut Silhouette Picture Signed
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2 Designs with SCISSORS CUT or SCHERENSCHNITTE Cutwork Quilt Pictures 1986 1990
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Scherenschnitte Cutwork Rose Rosebud and Foliage
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Amish Teacher in Classroom PA Scherenschnitte Paper Scissor Cutting Signed
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Scherenschnitte scissor cutting Art
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Royann Baum 88 Original Signed 3D Art Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Honeybee Beehive
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Arts Crafts Dec 2000 Metallic Menorah Pet Stockings Scherenschnitte Foil Stars
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VTG SCHERENSCHNITTE MH Love Family Shelters Like Tree Bird Squirrel Angel FRAMED
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CAT WITH FOLIAGE 1985 scissor cut Scherenschnitte signed orignal art Framed
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Designs With Scissors 1988 FRIENDS ARE FOREVER Framed RW Scherenschnitte
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Noahs Ark Scissor Cutting Art Picture Scherenschnitte Tim Arnold Silhouettes
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VINTAGE FOLK ART PICTURE COUNTRY CUTS SCHERENSCHNITTE BOY AND GEESE FRAMED
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Scissor Cut Art Work Scherenschnitte Designs With Scissors 1985
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Vaillancourt Folk Art Ornament 561 Scherenschnitte Santa Germany Christmas 1997
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Scherenschnitte framed and signed
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Welcome FriendsVintage Country Cuts by Figi Graphics Framed Scherenschnitte
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut 1946 Open Championship 1996
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Halloween Art Original Children on Parade Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut Signed COA
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Halloween Art Original Zombie Love Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut Signed COA
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PRETTY SCHERENSCHNITTE BIRDS FIGURE SIGNED EMBOSSED BACKING
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Halloween Original Art Black Cat Night Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut Signed COA
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Vintage FOLK ART Scherenschnitte FARM ANIMALS by Sharon Schaich FRAMED
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Scherenschnitte Framed Sampler Print Copyright 1987
$14.99
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Winter Scene Children On Sled PA Scherenschnitte Paper Scissor Cutting Signed
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Framed German farm house art known as scherenschnitte
$18.00
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VINTAGE SCHERENSCHNITTE DOG BY MARILYN DIENER Signed
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SCHERENSCHNITTE 1990 FRAMED Paper Cutting words of wisdom
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SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting Heart w Birds Green Matte Wood Frame 75
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pair artist signed neoclassical framed scherenschnitte papercutting art T10094
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Set of Scherenschnitte Papercutting Famous European Composers 8 Total 6 Framed
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PA Scherenschnitte silohuette cut out signed by M Diener Girl Ice Skating
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5 Scherenschnitte Notecards Scissor Art by Polly Winkler Mitchell
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Beautiful 4X7 Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut Our Family Framed Art
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Scherenschnitte By Rebecca Daymude Schmid Signed
$8.00
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Vintage Art by Brian Truelove Paper Cut Scene Scherenschnitte Oriental Style
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Scherenschnitte Scissors Cut Amish Buggy Windmill Framed Signed Art 20 x 145
$44.99
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Scissors Cut Paper Art Scherenschnitte Marriage Folk Art Picture Signed 1992
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Scherenschnitte ART Framed Original
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Scissor Cut Art Work Scherenschnitte Signed by Artist Frank Joest
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Patriotic Art eagle flag Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting American Liberty fraktur
$99.99
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting DONT PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET
$60.00
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Vtg FIGI Graphics Country Cuts Folk Art Scherenschnitte Welcome LC 110C Framed
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Cuts Marriage Verse Double Matted and Framed
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Americana Scherenschnitte Paper Love Token Folk Art 1970 1989 Original
$99.00
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Superb PA Dutch style Scherenschnitte Heart in Hand folk art paper token ca 1850
$145.00
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Handmade 65x65 Scherenschnitte Rabitt Flower Heart Folk Art Framed Picture
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1986 Scherenschnitte Book 8 Home Place Collection Paper CuttingBack Street art
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Vintage Signed Scherenschnitte Wycinanki fashion beauty Paper Cut Folk Art
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Vintage Signed Scherenschnitte Wycinanki Christmas woman Paper Cut Folk Art
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Vintage Signed Scherenschnitte Wycinanki embroidered beauty Paper Cut Folk Art
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Vintage Signed Scherenschnitte Victorian fashion beauty Paper Cut Folk Art
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Vintage Signed Scherenschnitte Wycinanki Children sailor sui Paper Cut Folk Art
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Vintage Signed Scherenschnitte Wycinanki colonial woman Paper Cut Folk Art
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Framed Scherenschnitte Scissor Cuts Blessing Angels Heart Trumpet Love 1990 USA
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SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting Billy Goat near Tree 13 1 2 x 9 3 4 inch
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Vintage Framed Picture Print Scherenschnitte Designs With Scissors Wall Decor
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Scherenschnitte Menorah Art Paper cutting art Framed art
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E Rigot 1920s Original Signed Scherenschnitte Paper Cuts Rare Dancers
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Vintage Original Scherenschnitte Papercutting Art Daughter Framed poem
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2 Framed Scherenschnitte Papercutting Art Hangings Angels in Blue Beautiful
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SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER SIGNED MARILYN DIENERFRAMED UNAMI JR HIGH SCHOOL nr OOAK
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Small Framed Scherenschnitte Art Loving Hearts Home Designs with Scissors
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Folk Art Signed Polly Christmas Tree Matted
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Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting CHRISTMAS IS A HOMECOMING OF THE HEART signed
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Scherenschnitte Picture Framed 2 Girls With Dolls
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THE ART OF PAPER CUTTING Scherenschnitte Papercrafting Silhouette Craft Book
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Antique American Scherenschnitte paper cut Valentine dated 1828
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Scissor Cuts Scherenschnitte Designs With Scissors Rocking Horse
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Vintage Antique School Desk Apple Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting Silhouette Frame
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Art Signed by Artist A Sister
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Early Antique Pennsylvania German Primitive Scherenschnitte Box Miniature Chest
$625.00
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Original Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting DELAWARE Map State Symbols by Kim Frey
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Cuts Teacher Framed
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Cuts Friendship Framed
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Paper Cutting Bird in December German folk art style Scherenschnitte
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Original Scherenschnitte Heart Hands Marie Gottshall Pennsylvania saying
$100.00
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Scherenschnitte Heart EVERY MANS WORK IS A PORTRAIT OF HIMSELF FREE SHIPPING
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Vaillancourt Folk Art Ornaments Scherenschnitte Santa German Christmas 1997
$55.99
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Wonderful 19th cent Scherenschnitte 2 Elk and 2 Goats Cut Paper fine condition
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Lovely Scissor Cut SCHERENSCHNITTE WELCOME Art Piece Designs With Scissors
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Original Cornflower Butterfly Scherenschnitte White Painted Wood Frame
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Scherenschnitte Noah with Parrot by Kerch McConlogue
$105.00
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Folk Art Designs From Polish Wycinanki and Swiss and German Scherenschnitte I
$4.22
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MARILYN DIENER PA AMISH SCENE SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER SCISSOR ART SIGNED
$249.99
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2 Scherenschnitte Asian Ladies Gold Foil A1035
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Scherenschnitte Silhouettes German Paper Cutting
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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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