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:

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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:

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laser-cut filigree heart wedding card

I found the basic leafy design on  (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.

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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” nouveau style papercutting

Art Nouveau Papercuts

Hand-cut Art Nouveau style papercuttings

Art Nouveau Papercuts

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:

art nouveau papercuttings

This one looks a bit more Art Deco, I suppose…

art nouveau papercuttings - edge design

But the rest are more Art Nouveau-y:

art nouveau papercutting flowers

art nouveau papercutting - lady

…and one of my favourites so far:art nouveau papercutting - profile


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:

Pinspiration - pinterest inspiration - laser cutting

Feel free to have a look yourself! There is another link to the board here.

More Papercutting by Hand…

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:

papercutting from 922 decorative vector ornaments book

papercutting from 922 decorative vector ornaments book

papercutting from 922 decorative vector ornaments book

…see if you can match any in my sketchbook compared to the actual original designs in the book:

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