Still pecking away at my papercutting adventure, trying to cut all designs from one book. Papercut k716: Japanese Bird Papercut
This Japanese bird papercut is from an ongoing papercutting project that I’ve been doing. Basically I’m trying to hand-cut my way through all of the designs in Dover Books’ “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book. (The designs are all available as vector files, so I could theoretically just cut them all out with my laser cutter…but where is the challenge in that?)
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Japanese Bird Papercut K716
This week’s design is number 716 in the book.
I really like this design, and for once I’m happy with the way I cut it, too. (Well, except for the fact that the edges of the white paper have been cut on a bit of a wonk, but I can fix that later.)
Yep, even close up I’m happy with it! I was using a new blade and for some reason I was feeling particularly patient.
This design looks Japanese – is it a crane bird? I really like the little hearts and peacock-y teardrop shapes that form the feathers.
I’m not sure about the circumstances under which I might wish to use a crane bird design, but it was really satisfying to cut, even if I never incorporate this design into any other projects.
I cut it while (half-)watching Cake Walk on Amazon Prime. I do like cake shows but I haven’t made my mind up about this one, yet.
Here is another link to the book itself, just in case you wanted to buy it and do your own papercutting:
I collect fridge magnets, but the places I’ve visited most recently don’t sell any! I might have to offer my services…
Rob and I are on holiday in the UK at the moment, and I’m recharging my ‘creative batteries’ by going to lots of museums and lovely English towns and castles.
The other day we went to the town of Nantwich, and none of the shops or museums that we visited seemed to sell fridge magnets. There is surely a gap in the market for them, because I actually know quite a few people who collect fridge magnets.
Here are a couple of examples below of buildings that I think would look nice as fridge magnets:
Heck, you could even make your own mix-and-match village of cute little black and white buildings on your fridge or freezer if only you had a few of these buildings cut out as fridge magnets.
I am now on a mission to create some magnets for myself, to see if they come out as well as I imagine they will…