Here is the finished version:
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.
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.
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!
Day 75 of my papercutting adventure (using designs from the book “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” as inspiration…)
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.)
Not many mistakes on this one, and I like the swirly Art Nouveau-type design:
Another Art Nouveau style papercut, from my ongoing papercutting project…
Hand-cut Art Nouveau style papercuttings
Having started hand-cutting paper designs again the other day (mentioned in this post), I’ve been making a few more since then. A few of them have been Art Nouveau-ish:
This one looks a bit more Art Deco, I suppose…
But the rest are more Art Nouveau-y:
…and one of my favourites so far:
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.
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.
My papercutting quest continues! I’m trying to cut out all 922 designs from a book of ‘decorative ornaments’ from Dover Books
Following on from yesterday’s post when I rediscovered the book “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments“, I have been relaxing this evening by doing a bit more papercutting by hand. It makes a refreshing change from doing it by laser.
Here are my latest cuts:
…see if you can match any in my sketchbook compared to the actual original designs in the book:
A laser-cut souvenir pop-up card from Venice.
Wherever I go my eye is always drawn to laser-cut and laser-etched items, and (as I mentioned in the last post) I was really pleased to see plenty of good quality laser-y products while I was on holiday earlier this month. In fact I was so pleased to see them that I even bought a few laser cut souvenirs.
This is a card that I bought in the Doge’s Palace. It’s got a nice simple front…
…and then when you open it you get the “wow” of the pop-up effect:
Here is a close-up of the inside:
This is the back of the card:
The makers are a bit mysterious – I can’t find them anywhere via the usual search engines – so if you can point me to their website please let me know! You can do that via the contact us page or Twitter (@LaserSister), or Facebook or the comments section below. Thanks!