4 Ways for Mixed Media Artists to Use the ScanNCut
June 03, 2021
As you know, I love my ScanNCut. But, I'm definitely not into using cookie cutter designs. That's part of the reason I love the ScanNCut so much: it allows me to express my own quirky style quickly and easily. There are so many ways to design custom files:
- Using the built-in editing functions in the stand-alone ScanNCut.
- Using the built-in scanner to scan my own original drawings or copyright free artwork from books or the internet.
- Using the free computer-based software, CanvasWorkspace.
- Using any third-party software that can output an SVG cut file.
And the ScanNCut cuts a wide variety of materials, allowing me to make lots and lots of my own custom art tools.
Here are 4 ways for mixed media artists, like me, to use the ScanNCut:
ONE: MAKE CUSTOM STAMPS
You can easily design and cut your own foam stamps. Here are some that I've created:
And here's a video on how to make your own:
TWO: MAKE CUSTOM STENCILS
You can also easily design and cut your own custom stencils. Here are some recent faves:
Here's a video covering the most asked about stencil design question: How to create stencil bridges?
I also have an online class that goes into lots and lots of detail about how to design and cut your own custom stencils with the ScanNCut.
THREE: MAKE CUSTOM SCREENS FOR SCREENPRINTING
This is one of my favorite techniques. All you need it a curtain sheer and some heat transfer vinyl (HTV). Here is an example of using custom ScanNCut screens:
And here's a video on how to make your own custom screen:
FOUR: MAKE CUSTOM EMBELLISHMENTS
I love that the ScanNCut is able to fussy cut around an entire sheet of stamped or even hand painted images. Here are some leaves I painted and had the ScanNCut cut out using Direct Cut:
And here's a video on how Direct Cut works:
If you've ever considered an electronic cutter before, the ScanNCut might be a good fit for you if you like to make custom things and feel comfortable using a scanner.
If you're an artist who uses the ScanNCut to make tools for your art, leave me a comment letting me know what you love to make with your ScanNCut!
P.S. I am a paid spokesperson for the Brother ScanNCut. It is a machine that I love and use. All projects and opinions are my own.
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