Bubble Design Papercut K128

More papercutting practice. ‘Bubble Design’ papercut k128

I don’t really know how to describe the design that this papercut is based on, so I’ve just gone with “Bubble Design” because it sort of looks like bubbles at either side of the image.

It’s from the ongoing papercutting project that I’ve been doing, where I’m trying to hand-cut my way through all of the designs in the Dover Publications’ “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book.

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Bubble Design Papercut K128

This week’s design is number 128 in the book. It looks a bit like bubbles (or maybe grapes and a leaf?), that for some reason are placed on a Mobius strip.

Without my reading glasses on I’m fairly happy with the way I cut it out…

papercut k128 bubble design - hand cut by LaserSister

Closer up:

…but when you get close up it does seem a bit lumpy in places. Still, I like the flowing lines in it overall, and the natural/’organic’ feel to it.

papercut 128 bubble design closeup - hand cut by Kay Vincent - LaserSister

As with many of these ‘decorative ornaments’, I’m not sure about when I might wish to use this particular design. But it was a nice quick cut to make, so was fun to knock another one off the list even if I don’t end up using it for anything in particular.

I cut this one while (half-)watching Stand up to Cancer: Sink or Swim on Channel 4. Wow. Part of me thinks, “What an amazing thing they’re doing! Trying to overcome their fears and self-imposed obstacles, and to go from being non-swimmers to swimming the English Channel.”

The other part of me thinks “I hope I don’t do what many of them seem to be doing; letting their subconscious fears convince their conscious minds that they physically can’t do something.” (Which is a nice way of saying, “What whiney little princesses! I’m surprised they’ve ever achieved anything at all.”) But then I realise that that’s a bit rich, coming from someone who spends a couple of hours a week practising cutting things out of paper instead of doing useful stuff…)

Anyhoo, I’m looking forward to the final episode next week, when we find out whether they managed to swim the channel. (My guess is yes. Otherwise there’s not much point to them showing it on the telly, is there?)

Going back to me wondering what the point is of continuing with this papercutting project, I think the answer is that it’s just really relaxing. Some people play computer games to relax, some people watch TV, some like to use adult colouring books. At least with my relaxing hobby I’m:

  • learning how to adapt all sorts of different designs so that they can be cut from paper.
  • looking at the designs and wondering if/how they can be incorporated into other projects and designs.
  • improving my papercutting skills, so that one day I’ll be able to make some lovely artworks of my own.
  • building up a sketchbook full of the papercuts, so I’ve got a record of what I’ve done.

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Japanese Bird Papercut K716

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.)

Japanese bird papercut with pen for scale - cut by hand by LaserSister

Closer up:

Japanese bird papercut closeup - cut by hand by LaserSister

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:

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Fridge Magnet Shortage in UK Tourist Attractions!

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:

black and white shop in nantwich

black and white house in Nantwich - KayVincent

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…

Art Nouveau Rose Papercut

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:

art nouveau rose papercut k113 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

Closer up:

art nouveau rose papercut k113 closeup - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

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.

I cut this one while listening to the Bestseller Experiment Podcast (episode #163). I’m enjoying this podcast so much and getting so much out of it that last week I actually signed up as a patron on their Patreon page.

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.

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Another Rob Ives Paper Automaton

So far this year I’ve been experimenting more with making automata and mechanical toys. Here is a seagull automaton kit from Rob Ives’ website.

I’ve been learning how to make automata and mechanical toys so far this year, and so this week I downloaded a seagull automaton kit from Rob Ives’ website.

Here is the finished version:

rob ives seagull automaton.GIF

Laser-Cut Filigree Heart Wedding Card

Congratulations Andrea and Dominic! Here is the card I made for my cousin and her husband; it’s a laser-cut filigree heart wedding card.

New Design: Laser-Cut Filigree Heart Wedding Card

Congratulations to my cousin Andrea! She got married last weekend to Dominic, so I made a laser-cut card for them:

laser-cut filigree heart wedding card 2

laser-cut filigree heart wedding card 3

laser-cut filigree heart wedding card

I found the basic leafy design on Vectorstock.com  (and here it is on Pinterest) and then tweaked it until it was heart-shaped.

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 085

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 085

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.

papercut 085 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

However, I’m not too disappointed by the hand-cut version. The ‘sun ray’ bits are quite crisp, actually.

papercut 085 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

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.

 

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 084

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 084

This is papercut 084 of my papercutting quest (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book, in preparation for incorporating them in future papercuts that are made by laser and also by hand.)

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.

papercut 084 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister.JPG

I’m also getting better at tidying up the cuts before I take close-up photos of them!

papercut 084 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

922 Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 075

Day 75 of my papercutting adventure (using designs from the book “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” as inspiration…)

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Paper cut 075

Day 75 – I’m three quarters of the way through my papercutting adventure! (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book, in preparation for incorporating them in future papercuts that are made by laser and also by hand.)

 

papercut 075 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

Not many mistakes on this one, and I like the swirly Art Nouveau-type design:papercut 075 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Art Nouveau Style Papercut

Another Art Nouveau style papercut, from my ongoing papercutting project…

Another Art Nouveau Style Papercutting

Continuing my recent papercutting project, this is my latest hand-cut piece, based on one of the designs from the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book.art nouveau style papercutting