Paper Playground: Create a Papercut Picturebook

A course by Karishma Chugani
Artist, Illustrator, and Educator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined August 2011
, Artist, Illustrator, and Educator

Create a paper universe full of possibilities using visual ideas from your sketchbook and paper cutting techniques to bring them to life

  • 98% positive reviews (64)
  • 1519 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Create a paper universe full of possibilities using visual ideas from your sketchbook and paper cutting techniques to bring them to life


  • 98% positive reviews (64)
  • 1519 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 lessons (4h 31m)
  • Available on the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

For artist Karishma Chugani, the art of paper cutting is a way of connecting with a more intuitive sense of creativity. She believes that playing with paper cutting techniques–both inside and outside the sketchbook–helps reduce the fear of the blank page and discover a place filled with inspiring possibilities.

Learn Karishma’s entire creative process when developing an illustrated book for children. See how to use your sketchbook to explore ideas and play with a series of cutting and folding techniques to then create a dummy of your first papercut picturebook, ready to share with publishers.

This is Karishma’s third course on Domestika. If you would like to further explore the world of paper cutting, go to Paper Cutting Techniques for Storytelling. If you’d like to explore illustration techniques to develop your creative process, go to: Inside a Creative Notebook: Explore Your Illustration Process.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Inside Your Sketchbook
  • U3
    U3. Outside Your Sketchbook
  • U4
    U4. Inviting People Into Your Paper Playground
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Meet Karishma and discover the most important moments in her artistic career. Delve into her inspiring artistic influences and see interesting paper formats for books and toys.

Learn about the importance of creating a toolbox that grows along with your skills. Explore Karishma’s sketchbooks to visualize her entire creative process and take a look at her sketchbook manual to understand her method. Begin playing with an idea for a story by using just three elements, creating a quick paper cut format for each. Then, start your own paper playground. Have fun with simple cutting formats and explore a naif method of expression.

Discover different book formats and see how each one offers its own distinct narrative. Develop your narrative from nighttime to daytime with basic cuts and folds for your first dummy. Then, create your pop-up accordion book and your tunnel book sample.

Hear Karshima’s advice on how to publish your book by looking at a series of options. Finish the course by seeing more references to awaken your curiosity to keep looking, learning, and making.

What is this course's project?

Create a dummy of a picturebook using simple paper cutting, collage, and bookbinding techniques; and complete an illustration for the book using the visual language developed inside your sketchbook.

Who is it for?

This course is for illustrators and designers who would like to expand their knowledge on paper cut book formats.

What you need

Basic drawing skills and some experience with paper cutting are recommended, but not necessary.

As for materials, you will need a good quality sketchbook to experiment with mixed techniques and water-based mediums (between A5 and A4), a pair of scissors, a scalpel, piercer, a cutter, a cutting board, pencils or ink pens, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, coloring materials of your choice (watercolors, coloring pencils, or inks), paper for your dummy (not too thick), material for binding (stick glue, a needle and thread, bone folder, magic tape, a metal ruler), and some inspirational printed images, photos, and texts.


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Karishma Chugani

A course by Karishma Chugani

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Artist, Illustrator, and Educator

Karishma Chugani is an artist, designer, writer, and illustrator from Morocco. She has a degree in Fashion Design with Printing from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and a Masters in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths University in Design Futures.

Karishma has worked as a fashion designer, published several books, and participated in collective and solo exhibitions internationally. She also teaches creative workshops to children, teachers, and illustrators at her mobile school L’École de Papier, as well as institutions like Institut Français Madrid & Casablanca, Casablanca American School, Colegio Santa Isabel Madrid, and Libreria Gil in Santander. Her clients include Jerraflore, Le Chocolat des Francais, Marketing Magazine France, Jamini Paris, and the toy shop Wonderland.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Inside Your Sketchbook

    • What’s in Your Toolbox?
    • Creating a World Inside Your Sketchbook 1
    • Creating a World Inside Your Sketchbook 2
    • Planting a Story Seed 1
    • Planting a Story Seed 2
    • Entering a Paper Playground 1
    • Entering a Paper Playground 2
  • U3

    Outside Your Sketchbook

    • What Is My Book Going to Look Like? 1
    • What Is My Book Going to Look Like? 2
    • Creating a Dummy: Collection of Folded Cards
    • Creating a Dummy: Pop-up Accordion 1
    • Creating a Dummy: Pop-up Accordion 2
    • Creating a Dummy: Tunnel Book 1
    • Creating a Dummy: Tunnel Book 2
  • U4

    Inviting People Into Your Paper Playground

    • Publishing Tips
    • Developing Your Paper Playground
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Paper Playground: Create a Papercut Picturebook

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Paper Playground: Create a Papercut Picturebook. A Craft & Illustration course by Karishma Chugani

Paper Playground: Create a Papercut Picturebook

A course by Karishma Chugani
Artist, Illustrator, and Educator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined August 2011
  • 98% positive reviews (64)
  • 1519 students