A couple of people have asked me recently about the tools I use for snipping and how I plan the pieces.
Mostly I use fadeless black paper that is white on the back. For cutting I use X-acto knives and scissors with tiny tips. When I use the X-acto knife, I cut the work on a self-healing mat.
When I first started snipping years ago, I used cuticule scissors and embroidery scissors. They worked as well as what I am using now.
When I cut this snip:
this was how I worked.
I did a couple of thumbnail sketches in my sketchbook. Basically I had an idea in my head, but I was afraid I was going to make it too busy. When I sketched it I could see right away that my idea was indeed too cluttered.
Then I roughly sketched the idea on the back of the fadeless paper. From there I cut with the scissors and the X-acto knife.
When I'm done, I mount the pieces on watercolor paper, as it is stiff and has a nice texture.
You can see that I did this snip sitting at a picnic table. Normally I work in my studio, but I did this snip while we were vacationing in West Virginia.
The "traffic" going by my outdoors studio was steady, but they didn't stick around long.
I'm not sure what scared them off.