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Lockdown Papercutting Project Day 11: Lantern

papercut chinese lantern design

Lantern Papercutting: #713

This “Lantern” papercut is from my Lockdown papercutting project. I’ve already been doing an ongoing papercutting project for a couple of years, but during the 2020 Covid19 Lockdown I’ve put the project into overdrive and am trying to adapt and cut 100 designs in 100 days.

The designs come from the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book by Dover Books, which is a collection of royalty-free images for artists and designers.

Today’s design is number #713 in the book.

papercut lantern 713 with scalpel

Closer up:

papercut chinese lantern close up

This design looks quite straightforward, but because it’s got a lot of parallel lines – therefore they need to be as accurate and consistent as possible. And the bottom looks a bit skew-wiff, but I can ‘edit’ it with a tiny snip from my scissors or scalpel.

It’s a nice simple motif, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to find a use for it in many of my future projects. Maybe I could combine it with some of the other Chinese-style motifs from the book – e.g. the recent ‘window flower‘ papercuttings. All the same, I enjoyed cutting it at the time.

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