Still pecking away at my papercutting adventure, trying to cut all designs from one book. Papercut k113: art nouveau rose papercut
Art Nouveau Rose Papercut K113 from Decorative Vector Ornaments Book
Technically I guess this is papercut 102 of the (now-extended) papercutting project, but I’m starting a new numbering convention because I’d cut other pieces from this book in the past and so actually there are already lots more than 102 in total. So now I’m starting to refer to them by their numbers in the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book. (It’s not enough to just call the designs things like “Art Nouveau Rose Papercut”, because there are a lot of Art Nouveau-style designs in the book!)
This one is really cute:
I was really concentrating hard on this one, and also using a new blade, and I think it really shows. Most of the lines are really really crisp and clean, and there are some quite fine lines in there as well.
The design is one of my favourites, actually. I might incorporate it into the next card that I develop.
There are still hundreds of designs left in the book that I haven’t adapted or cut, yet! And even if I do one papercut per week then that means that if I’ve got 500 designs left to adapt/cut, then I’ll be doing this for another 10 years. Wow. I hope my eyesight stays good enough to manage it! For the first time this year I have had to start wearing reading glasses for close-up work.
Oh well, I’m still enjoying myself. And I really do like today’s design.
This is papercut 085 (only 15 more to go!) of my papercutting project (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book. I am adapting the designs for papercutting, and then practising by cutting out 100 designs in 100 days. Eventually I may may incorporate them in future papercuts that are made by laser and also by hand.)
Because of the many repetitive elements in this design I think it might be one of the designs that would look better if cut by laser.
However, I’m not too disappointed by the hand-cut version. The ‘sun ray’ bits are quite crisp, actually.
As well as the central sun/flower design, I can also see things in this design that remind me of fish. (Or sharks. Or maybe birds.) When I move onto my next epic papercutting project (of creating all of my own designs from scratch) then I might remember this one, and try to hide some fish or animals in an abstract-looking design.
I really like this design, and it didn’t seem to take very long to cut. That reminds me – I must start timing how long the cuts actually take, because I really have no idea how long each design takes to cut. I enjoy the process so much and find it so ‘therapeutic’ that sometimes I can be cutting a really big project and it feels like the time is just flying by. And then other times, of course, I could be fighting with a fiddly design, in fading daylight, and using a blunt blade that I can’t be bothered to change – and in those cases the cuts seem to take forever.
I’m also getting better at tidying up the cuts before I take close-up photos of them!
Pinterest is a great tool for finding inspiration for craft or art projects, so I’ve created a board called “Laser Inspiration”, where I’m collecting lots of laser-y images.
Pinspiration = Pinterest Inpiration
I am really into Pinterest at the moment. It’s a great way to discover what laser-y designs and techniques are trending at the moment, and you can also save images to your own ‘boards’ to use as research for later.
I’ve set up a special board in Pinterest for “Laser Inspiration“, and I’m trying to gather as many laser-related arts and crafts as possible, to make it a great big resource for when I’m looking for inspiration:
Feel free to have a look yourself! There is another link to the board here.