It has been a long time since I did a post like this, but recently I received an email asking about the details of folding and cutting paper, including the binder's fold. First, I want to stress the importance of both a heavy ruler (to hold the paper down) and a sharp blade (for a clean cut and ease of cutting). A metal ruler is imperative for cutting (to brace against the knife). Heavy metal, that's right.
My work now deals with fabric, and for that my choice of cutting tool is a rotary cutter, which I chirped about in a previous post. But for this post I show techniques on how to cut and tear with an art knife, ruler, letter opener (could use a butter knife), small pointed brush, and a cup of water.
It is interesting to think that even to sew together one must cut apart.
General Tools: heavy ruler; cup of water; art knife; cutting mat/cardboard; small pointed brush, letter opener (not shown)