How to Make Jewish Papercut Art - Birkat Habayit

birkat habayitMost of the time, I am inspired to do a piece of Jewish papercut art by a bit of Torah, a midrash, an image of Israel. I make a sketch and transfer it to fine, archival quality paper, and begin cutting. This one is a modern take on the Birkat Habayit, the Jewish Blessing for the Home. The text is simplified, and the hamsa shape contains traditional symbols for the good-luck amulet—an eye, fish, and birds. Click here for a free mini e-book on how this piece was created.

There's a more complete e-book about the ancient art of Jewish papercutting at the Hebrica shop; click here.

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