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Lockdown Papercutting Project Day 35: Leaf Border

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Leaf Border #693

Wow. A lot has happened since I last updated this blog thing. 2020 just keeps on giving. I managed to carry on the papercutting project through Lockdown and beyond – it was the only thing keeping me sane(ish)! But unfortunately a lot of life stuff then started happening at the same time. So updating the blog dropped a looooong way down my to-do list.

Some of the exciting events included:

  • Husband put on furlough from (travel-related) job
  • Husband losing his (travel-related) job of 18 years
  • Husband’s 87-year-old mother having major health problems but not being able to get help for her because the problems weren’t Covid-related. (Apparently it’s OK for people in the UK to die of cancer or infections or neglect or anything else, just as long as they don’t get Covid.)
  • Husband getting a new job
  • Having to move and sell our house
  • Having to find and buy a new house
  • Needing to find somewhere safer for mother-in-law to live
  • Needing to sell mother-in-law’s flat
  • Death of my lovely PhD supervisor
  • Replacement lovely PhD supervisor going on maternity leave
  • Me failing a crucial module of the PhD, so having to switch to part-time and start the whole module again
Five months later…

… and the world is still looking completely insane. But at least my own little corner of it is starting to calm down a tiny bit, this week. So in between filling in the paperwork for buying and selling houses and doing 250-mile round trips to visit the M-I-L, I’m going to try to carry on recording the results of the ongoing papercutting project. (I’m trying to work my way through all of the designs in the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book by Dover Books. I love papercutting and it has provided me with much-needed ‘occupational therapy’ this year, and has helped my mental health.)

But now because of the 5-month break since my last post I’m not sure if I should be on “Day 35” or if I should start again or even dump the whole numbering system. Maybe I’ll just carry on with the day-numbering system (because I was still cutting the pieces during those days, even though I wasn’t putting them on social media). And I’ll definitely carry on with the actual design numbers as they are mentioned in the book

So. Today’s design is number 693 in the Decorative Vector Ornaments book.

papercut 693 leaf border with scalpel for scale - LaserSister - KayVincent

Closer up:

papercut 693 leaf border - LaserSister - KayVincent

Design

For the majority of these designs I think, “I enjoyed cutting this design, but I’m not sure I’d ever use it in another artwork”. But this one is different. I like the simple leafy design, and because it uses repeating elements it can be made as long or as short as necessary, just by adding or removing leaves from the design.

And again for most of the designs, I think “Aargh – the mistakes are jumping right out at me and taking my attention.” But I’m actually quite pleased with this one.

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