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Paper Cutting: Create Paper Scenes with Depth

A course by Noe Arata , Paper Cutting Artist

Paper Cutting Artist. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined May 2016

Learn how to design and build scenes full of depth and mystery with layered paper

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  • 99% positive reviews (368)
  • 10679 students

Learn how to design and build scenes full of depth and mystery with layered paper

A course by Noe Arata

Paper is one of the most versatile and attainable materials out there, and the main ingredient in all your paper cutting recipes. Paper cutting artist Noe Arata takes this technique to the limit producing projects for her brand Dobleufa and others like Lancôme, L'Oréal, and Isadora, as well as pieces for Cartier and MALBA (The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires) events.

In this course, learn to create a fantasy scene using paper cutting without needing any previous experience. Noe explains step by step the cornerstones of this technique, how to approach the templates for a project, how to make the foldable structure that serves as the base, and how to exhibit your pieces without frames.

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What will you learn in this online course?

22 lessons & 31 downloads

The layered scene
12 minutes, 54 seconds
The language of papercut 1
14 minutes, 48 seconds
The language of papercut 2
15 minutes, 40 seconds
The final mold! 1
14 minutes, 47 seconds
The final mold! 2
16 minutes, 49 seconds
Transfer to cutting paper
17 minutes, 7 seconds
English, Spanish
  • 99% positive reviews (368)
  • 10679 students
  • 22 lessons (5h 18m)
  • 31 additional resources (11 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create a foldable structure containing a scene inspired by a classic tale with paper cutting.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, designers, artists, and anyone interested in exploring paper cutting to create fantastic paper scenes.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is necessary for this course. In terms of materials, you need a cutting board, a cutter or craft knife, 160gr and 220gr paper (approx.), carbon paper, tracing paper, a passe-partout frame, glue, a ruler, a pencil, and an eraser.


10679 Students
368 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Noe Arata

A course by Noe Arata

Teacher Plus
Paper Cutting Artist

Buenos Aires-born Noe Arata inherited her grandmother's interest in crafts at a young age. She studied fashion design at the UBA (University of Buenos Aires) and Baking at the Escuela de Gato Dumas. At this time, paper cutting was merely a hobby, one that gradually grew into a passion and later, her full-time job. Her work is both inspired and characterized by all these experiences.

She says she does what she does "because it's what my body wants" and it is this innate passion that has led her to carry out projects for L'Oréal, Lancôme, Kiehls, Isadora, Brother, Olfa, Rapsodia, Ver, Campari, Yagmour, Natura, Ohlala, Pesqueira, and more. She has also collaborated with event managers on events for MALBA, Cartier, and Calandra.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    History and materials

    • Materials and tools
    • The papercut in the world
    • The story
  • U3

    Project planning

    • The layered scene
    • The language of papercut 1
    • The language of papercut 2
    • The final mold! 1
    • The final mold! 2
    • Transfer to cutting paper
    • To Learn More: Layers to Mold
    • To Learn More: The Scene to Layers in Digital Format
  • U4

    Time to cut!

    • Cutting technique: workspace and straight lines
    • Cutting technique: curves
    • Cutting technique: extra elements and gluing
    • Pop-up structure
    • External structure: Kamishibai 1
    • External structure: Kamishibai 2
  • U5

    Installation and application variants

    • Assembling the final piece
    • Alternative mounting methods
    • Possible applications of papercut pieces
  • FP

    Final project

    • Paper Cutting: Create Paper Scenes with Depth

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Paper Cutting: Create Paper Scenes with Depth. Craft & Illustration course by Noe Arata Best seller

Paper Cutting: Create Paper Scenes with Depth

A course by Noe Arata
Paper Cutting Artist. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined May 2016
  • 99% positive reviews (368)
  • 10679 students