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What You Make of It - The Art of Papercutting with La Donna Welter

Please help me in welcoming papercutting artist La Donna Welter to Vintage Indie. I hope that you are inspired by her creations. Please visit her links at the bottom of this feature to see more of her work and to purchase.


What started as cutting paper dolls, valentines, and snow flakes as a child, has turned into a life of snipping for artist La Donna Welter. "I knew I had to do something with this passion after cutting paper snow flakes to cover most of the windows in my home, one Christmas".


With teaching degrees from the University of Northern Iowa, and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater,La Donna approaches her work the old-fashioned way, creating each one-of-a-kind paper cutting, known as scherenschnitte, by hand.


Papercutting is certainly not a new art form. Paper was invented in China in 105 A.D. In northern China, papercuts have been traced to 207 A.D., and in 1959 papercuts dated between 514 and 551 A.D. were excavated in an archeological dig. By 1000 A.D., paper was widely substituted for silk as the medium for writing and painting.

You can find more of La Donna's work at her website. 

La Donna Welter is a member of the Guild of American Papercutters


Freckled Pink

Wow, that's a lot of intensive cutting, but it's beautiful!

MArianne CLancy

La Donna you have done it again! IS there nothing that you cannot master? I love the papercutting and hope you can have a line of cards with these images! TAke care and snip snip away!! Marianne

Stacey Merrill

Stunning! Wonderful work, La Donna :)


This is so pretty and adorable. I LOVE IT. I love the little girl and horse in black... how did you do this? Did you trace something? Would love to do this with pics of my dogs.


Wonderful! Thank you for sharing!


I am in awe - such intricate and delicate creations with detail extreme!

beautiful, La Donna ♥

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