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What is Papertole?

 
Papertole Origination
 
Papertole is a centuries-old craft also known as 3 Dimensional Decoupage and Vu' de Optic.  It involves using four (4) or more of the same print and cutting out specific pieces starting from the background, moving to the middle ground and finally the foreground of the picture.  Each individual piece is edged and then shaped for a realistic effect  layered one on top of the other using neutral-cure silicone to create a three-dimensional image, it may be glossed (this is a matter of choice).  When the work is completed and framed you have a craft heirloom that will last for years to come. 
 
I have read and been told many stories of how Papertole came about, but believe that it was originated by French Nuns who had pictures that were painted one to one in size then cut out the individual pieces required and using finely shaven down wooden sticks (resembling something like fine toothpicks) that were held together using flour and water mixed as a paste to give the 3 dimensional appearance when completed, now we use silicone, which is much more easier to use.
 
It is best to start with a simple 3D card sheet project, which can be attempted by anyone who can use a pair of scissors and/or Craft Knife (we now have '3D Die-Cuts'  or push-out suitable for beginners and a great introduction craft for  children).  The 3D card sheet shows the sequence in which to cut out the individual pieces and the order to layer them together, as you advance and become more confident you can purchase papertole prints with instructions giving a positive and negative image showing what piece to cut out and from which print it came from.
 
Should you advance to attempting some more difficult projects, example of animals and birds using techniques called feathering and/or furring, these projects use at least a minimum of 6 to 8 prints to give them a natural look.
 
There are a number of web sites on the subject of 3D Card sheets Prints and Papertole, but I find http://www.papertoleaustralia.com/ one of the most comprehensive and informative local online stores.  It also has good selection of simple Matt frames kits to frame with, to produce the most stunning keepsakes for you, your family and friends. 
 
The site http://www.papertoleaustralia.com/ is also packed with an extensive range of prints to choose from (some exclusive to the store) and also lists the number of prints required for each project, you may also purchase extra prints should you want to add extra detail, or when not using instructions. The site also mentions whether or not the prints come with instructions, for those who may encounter difficulties.
 
Although my great passion is for Papertole, I also get pleasure from other crafts like, Cross-stitch, Wool Embroidery, Punch Embroidery, Tapestry, Ceramics, and Parchment Craft.
 
Happy cutting and enjoy.
 
Kevin Menzies
Papertole Teacher
www.papertoleteacher.com.au