What is Fussy Cutting?
Fussy Cutting is where you take a detailed focal point that you’ve either painted or drawn yourself or is taken from a collage book or a magazine. You need small scissors that are easily turned to go around all the nooks and crannies of a specific image. Some are fairly simple but florals with greenery can be quite complex.
What do you use these fussy cut bits and bobs for? Here is an example on an ICAD (Index Card a Day) Challenge I did for July using one of the black & white hand-painted floral focal points. I like wonky so perfection is never my goal for my fussy cuts.
Fussy Cutting Scissors
I’ve tried 3 different types of “fussy cutting” scissors and each has its pluses and minuses.
They are lightweight, turn on a time, fit my hand nicely and have the wonderful safety tip. They have ergonomic, comfort grip handles, and a micro-tip blade so you have maximum control and stability for fussy cutting. I can cut up sheets of fussy things without my hands cramping up.
These scissors are 4.5 inches and have a small precise NANO tip for detailed work. They also sport rubberized comfort grip handles. No tip on these so be careful. They are very pointy!
- 4.5-inch ProSeries detail scissors
- Small and precise detail scissors for the sewing enthusiast
- NANO Tip for detail work
- Rubberized comfort grip handles
Purchase on Amazon.
The familiar Fiskars scissors with orange micro-tip blades is designed to make intricate cuts through multiple layers of fabric. I just don’t like the way these feel in my hand as well as the other two above.
Tim Holtz had detail scissors but they are quite a bit pricier than these other 3 options so I haven’t bought them to try them out. I would love to hear if they are worth the difference in price if you have tried them.
Collage Books to Cut Out
This is a popular collage cut-out book. Extraordinary Things to Cut Out and Collage
Dina Wakley has 3 collage books so far. (click on the images below to order)
Mixed media artists are often fussy cutting their focal points or images from magazines or Wonky Bits from the Willa courses but for those people with arthritis or hand injuries, this can be painful or problematic. A few of my Wonky Bits are below on top of a Dina Wakley pouch.