Paper Cut Art – Quick and Easy Way to Create

A Fun Project for Anyone

I hear this all. the. time.

“I wish I could draw so I could make art.”  

“I don’t have the skill set like you do to make art.”  

“I can’t even draw a stick figure, how can I art journal?”

First of all, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret, mkay?

Lean in close…a little closer…

You don’t need to draw to be an artist.

There. I said it.

Art is not something you have to go to school to learn, and trust me, this is a concept I’ve grappled with for a while myself. Art also requires minimal supplies and space to make as well. I’m a big fan of working with the supplies, time and space you have available to you.

Art Work Around

If you have the urge to create a woodland scene or a city scape or a tea party, it’s really as easy as cutting up paper and glueing those scraps into a sketchbook or onto canvas. Let me show you something I created with minimal drawing skills required.

The collage above was created with acrylic paint as the background, tissue paper, washi tape, and a marker. If you can draw a handful of straight lines and own a pair of scissors, then you can do this project.

Paper Forest Project:


  • Washi Tape
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive – I prefer Mod Podge
  • A foam brush to spread the adhesive
  • Paint brush
  • Sketchbook, canvas, or piece of paper
  • Two different colors of tissue paper
  • One dark marker


  • First, use the paint brush to paint a layer of acrylic paint on the paper or canvas as the background. You can use more than one color if you want. Let the paint dry.
  • Second, cut out shapes from the tissue paper, I cut triangles and (kinda) circles, but feel free to cut any shape you want.
  • Next, lay a layer down of the mod podge with the foam brush and while it is STILL WET, place the tissue paper down on the paper.
  • Gently run the foam brush over the tissue paper to make sure it has adhered to the paper and that there are no air bubbles. Let the it dry.
  • From there, cut out strips of washi tape to use as the trunks of the trees. I used a glitter washi tape for mine for the pine trees.
  • Next (this step is optional) use your marker to draw straight lines and branches and tree trunks for some of the trees. I used a brown marker, but black, blue, purple, gray, etc would work just fine as well.

And you are done!

Super simple way to make a cute piece of art. This could also work with cut pieces of thin paper in place of tissue paper as well. Use your imagination!

Please share with me if you do create this! Tag me on instagram at @pixelpearlstudio. I would love to see what you make!

Happy Creating!


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