Papercut 100 from “Decorative Vector Ornaments” Book

The final day of my papercutting adventure, cutting 100 papercuts in 100 days! Papercut 100…

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 100!

I did it! This is papercut 100 of the 100-day-long papercutting project!

(Using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book for inspiration, I was adapting the images for papercutting, then practising by cutting out 100 designs in 100 days.)

I saved a great big complicated design for the 100th papercut.

And I think this might also be my favourite so far. The design needed quite a few tweaks to make sure that all of the black pieces were linked and didn’t just fall out when I’d just them. And of course, it’s an Art Nouveau-type design, which I particularly like:

papercut 100 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

Closer up:

When I compare the roses at the top to some of the designs I cut earlier in the project, I can tell that my cutting skills have really improved. All those teeny tiny lines, and none of them got accidentally snipped off:papercut 100 top - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

Maybe I did lose a little bit of concentration and patience when I got to the bottom. There are a few straggly fibres of paper sticking out here and there that I should have tidied up.  It’s still nice though:papercut 100 bottom - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

 

I was watching “Couples’ Retreat” and then “The Boat That Rocked” on Amazon Prime while I did the cutting, so I guess it took about four hours to finish (although obviously I was watching films at the same time, so it would have taken less time if I hadn’t been watching them).

So…now the project is finished! What shall I do now??? I’ve kind of got used to spending an hour or so each evening working on an art/craft project. Plus the book didn’t just have 100 designs in it – it had 922…

Er, no. I don’t think I’ll carry on cutting one per day. That will take me over TWO YEARS. I’ll have to come up with another project instead. And this time it should actually involve the laser cutter, and not just designs suitable for lasercutting.

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Papercut 099 from “Decorative Vector Ornaments” Book

Day 99 of my papercutting adventure, attempting 100 papercuts in 100 days. Papercut 099…

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 099

Here is papercut 099 of the ongoing 100-day-long papercutting project. (Using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book for inspiration, I’m adapting the images for papercutting, then practising by cutting out 100 designs in 100 days.)

Penultimate piece from the 100-day papercutting adventure!

This one does something really strange to my eyes/brain. When I first look at it, all I can see is a three-headed white heron (or seagull or something) hiding its beaks behind its necks. Or just some blobby three-armed white shape in the middle of a background of triangular-ish dots.

papercut 099 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

Closer up:

…but then a bit later I suddenly realise (especially when the design is this way up instead of the way it was oriented in the above photo) that it’s a design of three birds (?cranes?) with black bodies on a white background:papercut 099 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

It makes me really want to try to play with the design, so that I can try to make the white bird’s beak look more beak-y. Then it really will turn into one of those mess-with-your-head optical illusions.

This one seemed to take a very long time. It was a mixture of straight and curved lines, and that always seems to take me longer to cut accurately, for some reason. I listened to about 2.5 episodes of The Bestseller Experiment while I was doing the cutting, so it probably took me a couple of hours.

Oh! I’ve just realised that I still need to cut out some of the feathers in the left wing of one of the birds! How did I miss that?? I will go back and finish it once I’ve finished the final papercutting. Apart from that I was pretty pleased with this one. I tidied up the cuts so that they were cleaner and more crisp-looking, so even close-up I really like this one.

 

 

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Papercut 098 from “Decorative Vector Ornaments” Book

Day 98 of my papercutting adventure, attempting 100 papercuts in 100 days. Papercut 098…

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 098

Here is papercut 098 of the ongoing 100-day-long papercutting project. (Using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book for inspiration, I’m adapting the images for papercutting, then practising by cutting out 100 designs in 100 days.)

Two days left of the 100-day challenge, and I’m still not bored of cutting designs into pieces of paper! I don’t think I’ll carry on with another 100 days (because I’ve got looooooads of other things that I’d like to get on with in the near future), but I think I’ll still carry on with the overall project. Maybe I’ll do a papercutting per week, instead? I must admit that I’d like to adapt and cut all 922 designs from the book, but even if I cut one a day that would still take me years to finish. Still, seeing as I’ve already started…!

In the meantime, I like the individual elements of today’s design, but I can’t tell which way up it is supposed to go. Whichever way you turn it, at least one of the flowers seems to be at a strange angle.

papercut 098 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

Closer up:

As far as the actual papercutting skills go, though, I think I’ve done OK on this one. There aren’t many bits that really leap out at me and upset me.

papercut 098 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

Have you done any paper cutting recently? Let us know! What kind of paper do you use, and which tools do you use to do the cutting?

 

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Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 086

 

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 086

This is papercut 086 of my epic papercutting project (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book).  I’m 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.

Woo, the cuts on this one are quite crisp…

papercut 086 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

…even when you look at them up close. And I still had a blunt blade and was basically just hacking away at the paper. I’m quite pleased with this :)papercut 086 - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

 

 

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 082

Decorative Vector Ornaments: Papercut 082

Papercut 082 : Oh dear! I’m in the process of changing over my website host, and have been a week without being able to access my blog!

I’ve moved the old pages and blog posts across to the new host, but there are still a lot of tweaks that I need to make in order to get the site fully working again.

In the meantime, I continued to do my papercuttings every day, so now (belatedly) I am finally able to update the website with my latest papercuttings:

Day 82 of my papercutting adventure (using the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book).

It might not look it, but this was quite a tricky design to cut. The design involved having to leave just tiny links of paper in order to hold the actual physical piece of paper together. So the overall piece got very lacy and delicate towards the end.

papercut 082 with pen for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

I’d cut similar designs to this one earlier on in this project (i.e. even before starting this ‘100 days’ project), but I didn’t really like the results, before. However, now that I’m getting more proficient at cutting by hand (and also at adapting designs so that they can be cut out but still look fairly attractive), the end result is quite close to what I had imagined in the first place:

papercut 082- Kay Vincent - LaserSister

Plus, it’s another art nouveau-style design, so that quite appeals to me, and it also makes any mistakes less obvious because the curves and swirls in the design make it harder to spot.