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Lockdown Papercutting Project Day 34: Flower and Leaf Border

papercut 684 flower and leaf border horizontal

Flower and Leaf Border

“Flower and Leaf Border” is from a papercutting project that I’ve been doing for the last few years (trying to work my way through all of the designs in the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book by Dover Books.) But for the period of Covid19 Lockdown, I’ve put the project into overdrive and have decided to adapt and cut 100 designs in 100 days.

Today’s design is number #684 in the book.

papercut 684 flower and leaf border

It’s another ‘inverted’ design, where I’ve cut holes out of white paper, instead of cutting a silhouette shape out of black paper. So here the black parts of the design are just parts of a black notebook cover that are showing through the holes in the white paper. If I’d put the white paper on top of my hand, then the flowers and leaves would be showing through as hand-coloured.

Closer up:

Here is a close-up of the top section of the design…

papercut 684 flower and leaf border top

…and here is a close-up of the bottom section:

papercut 684 flower and leaf border bottom

I’m never really as keen on these negative papercuts as I am on the positive ones. Maybe I should work harder on adapting the designs so that they can be created in a positive silhouette form. However, I’m not sure how I could do that effectively with the flower parts of this design. The little circles would have to be much bigger, I think, and would definitely all need to be linked together somehow.

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