Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine's Day Paper Cuts

SCHERENSCHNITTE (German Paper Cuts): Heart Designs

The heart shape is fun to work with in paper.  First, you choose a piece of paper with the color that you want and fold it in half.  You then draw half of your design with pencil and cut out the negative spaces (holes) with a pair of sharp-pointed scissors.  When you have a design that isn't completely symmetrical, like the boy and girl in the heart, you cut out the heart leaf design first and complete the cutting of the people separately.  Otherwise, you would have two identical people face to face.  When the design is unfolded, the delicate paper cut is glued carefully on the card stock background and matted..

1 comment:

Anonymous said...
Hi Felicia,

Your work is really gorgeous and I love the Scherenschnitte a lot (maybe because of the special "bound" I have with Germany).

Ganz ganz schön!!!!

Hartelijke groeten,
Pieter (from Amersfoort, Holland)


Cathy Moskal said...
Your work is beautiful as always. I love the colors!
Foster said...
Beautiful as usual!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Snowflakes Galore!

I cut these snowflakes out of computer paper, size 8 1/2 " squares.  Sometimes it is easier to trace a paper plate and start with a circle.  Then you don't end up with a "square", unnatural snowflake.  These are beautiful when placed on a window, so that you can see through the negative spaces.  Gorgeous!

Thursday, December 25, 2014


I cut white paper into a circle.  I then folded it in half, fourths, eighths, and sixteenths.  The paper was quite thick at this point.  (This is similar to folding snowflakes.)  I drew with pencil on the triangular section and made half of an angel.  Then I stapled it together, to keep it from sliding around.  I cut out all the negative spaces in and around the angel.  Carefully opening up the folded circle, I saw all my angels along with little birds and Christmas tree shapes, along with the Star of Bethlehem in the middle.  I hadn't planned it that way but was surprised to see the details after it was unfolded.  I glued it onto red shiny paper.

Friday, December 19, 2014

ICONS by Felicia Dvornicky

Our Lady of Czestochowa  2013


"Polish Nativity Scene" Wycinanka

POLISH PAPER CUT...Fragment from "Polish Nativity Scene"

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pysanky Eggs with Christmas Designs 2013

Tea Bag Foldings

This is a folk art that developed in Europe where tea came in colorful wrappers, too pretty to throw away.
A new art form was born when these little squares of colored paper were folded in repeat designs, similar to Origami (Japanese Paper Folding), to make 3-dimensional ornaments and beautiful handmade greeting cards.

TEA BAG FOLDING Christmas Cards....



TEA BAG FOLDING Christmas Ornaments


When I use to do paper cutting lessons with children in elementary school, I would use give them shapes like the triangle or rectangle to have them use their imagination and make them into Santa Claus or Christmas Tree designs, using cut paper.  They came up with some very interesting "many faces of Santa Claus," and the Christmas trees had some very unique symmetrical objects cut out on the branches within the tree shape.  The paper was always folded in half in order to teach the children symmetrical design.


Abandoned Sled watercolor

      This painting was entered in a show at Glenora Music and Art Festival, where I won First Prize in Watercolor!.  Then I was in the Hammondsport, NY Art Show, by Keuka Lake, and actually won BEST IN SHOW!  I was so amazed and happy to receive such recognition!
     I was inspired to paint this when I remembered sledding down the hill in the winter with my brother and sister. We had an old-fashioned sled like this one which could be steered with the bar across the front. It was fun sliding down the hill and then climbing up to slide down again. I think this kind of sled was wonderful!  I hope you feel nostalgic when you look at it.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Halloween Jack-o-Lanterns

Jack-o-Lanterns Carved with Hot Knife

Monday, July 28, 2014

ICONS by Felicia Dvornicky

Our Lady of Czestochowa  2013

                             St. John the Evangelist 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


I used a ruler, pencil, and markers on
white paper to make this design.  It's
very symmetrical and colorful.  I like
to incorporate my feelings in my art.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

CHINESE PAPER CUTTING: Year of the Horse 2014

I used colored computer paper and cut out the horse with
sharp pointed scissors. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014


I took a MANDALA design class at Franklin Street Gallery in Watkins Glen, NY.
I used a compass, ruler, and markers to make a design which displayed my inner feelings.