As with many other forms of arts and craft Paper Tole is very labor intensive. Here is description of Paper Tole by Wisegeek.com:
Paper tole, also known as three-dimensional decoupage, is the art of handcrafting three-dimensional pictures from flat prints. Paper tole art is created by skillfully cutting, shaping, and assembling pieces of paper layered onto an image until a three-dimensional version of the image emerges. Though there are a number of ways to use paper tole, one of the most popular is to frame the image in a deep wall frame and display it as wall art.
Though paper tole is an art form that stems from decoupage, a paper craft that originated sometime in the 18th century involving cut pieces of paper shellacked onto wooden furniture and other objects, paper tole has reemerged over the years in several different forms. While framed prints are most popular, people often employ the techniques of paper tole when creating handmade greeting cards and other paper crafts.
The techniques used in paper tole are specific and quality projects involve specific skills. Precise cutting with no tattered or cracked edges is the key to creating the pieces that are reassembled onto the paper tole project. Cutting is thus generally done with an Exacto® knife or other precision cutting tool. Assembly requires patience while the artisan carefully attaches the separate pieces onto the print. An understanding and knowledge of perspective is also an important skill for paper tole.
Learning paper tole takes time and attention to detail along with patience. Many arts and crafts centers offer classes in paper tole for both beginning and intermediate level artists. Projects can range from basic, such as a single flower, to extremely detailed and layered scenes such as landscapes. Buildings, people, animals, and nearly any other image imaginable can be crafted into paper tole art.
In addition to classes, there are an abundance of books available that demonstrate paper tole through explicit instructions and photos. The basic tools needed for beginning paper tole include a precision cutting tool, a cutting mat, paper in varying colors and textures, and glue. There are many more tools that can be used to create paper tole art, many for more advance techniques.
People who are interested in the finished look of paper tole artwork but who do not want to learn the craft can purchase work by other artists through online and local galleries.
All of Marjo’s Paper Toles are birds and I was more then happy to design and build shadow box (frame) and frame her work.
Here is Marjo's Blue Jay. Frame size is 15-1/2"x18-1/2".
Details are incredible. Just look at pine needles and feathers. All of them cut from paper and glued in multiple layers. It does take lot of patience and dexterity.
Again, very detailed and truly 3-D work of art. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a good picture of whole frame before Marjo send it out as a gift. This was much larger piece then Blue Jay.
Because I have lined the sides of shadow box with same fabric as background it does look flat on photograph. In reality it does look 3-D because the sides are 3” wide and Owl is resting on a real wood bark that looks like a tree stump. The Owl itself is constructed from dozens of layers on body and head.