Bubble Design Papercut K128

More papercutting practice. ‘Bubble Design’ papercut k128

I don’t really know how to describe the design that this papercut is based on, so I’ve just gone with “Bubble Design” because it sort of looks like bubbles at either side of the image.

It’s from the ongoing papercutting project that I’ve been doing, where I’m trying to hand-cut my way through all of the designs in the Dover Publications’ “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book.

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Bubble Design Papercut K128

This week’s design is number 128 in the book. It looks a bit like bubbles (or maybe grapes and a leaf?), that for some reason are placed on a Mobius strip.

Without my reading glasses on I’m fairly happy with the way I cut it out…

papercut k128 bubble design - hand cut by LaserSister

Closer up:

…but when you get close up it does seem a bit lumpy in places. Still, I like the flowing lines in it overall, and the natural/’organic’ feel to it.

papercut 128 bubble design closeup - hand cut by Kay Vincent - LaserSister

As with many of these ‘decorative ornaments’, I’m not sure about when I might wish to use this particular design. But it was a nice quick cut to make, so was fun to knock another one off the list even if I don’t end up using it for anything in particular.

I cut this one while (half-)watching Stand up to Cancer: Sink or Swim on Channel 4. Wow. Part of me thinks, “What an amazing thing they’re doing! Trying to overcome their fears and self-imposed obstacles, and to go from being non-swimmers to swimming the English Channel.”

The other part of me thinks “I hope I don’t do what many of them seem to be doing; letting their subconscious fears convince their conscious minds that they physically can’t do something.” (Which is a nice way of saying, “What whiney little princesses! I’m surprised they’ve ever achieved anything at all.”) But then I realise that that’s a bit rich, coming from someone who spends a couple of hours a week practising cutting things out of paper instead of doing useful stuff…)

Anyhoo, I’m looking forward to the final episode next week, when we find out whether they managed to swim the channel. (My guess is yes. Otherwise there’s not much point to them showing it on the telly, is there?)

Going back to me wondering what the point is of continuing with this papercutting project, I think the answer is that it’s just really relaxing. Some people play computer games to relax, some people watch TV, some like to use adult colouring books. At least with my relaxing hobby I’m:

  • learning how to adapt all sorts of different designs so that they can be cut from paper.
  • looking at the designs and wondering if/how they can be incorporated into other projects and designs.
  • improving my papercutting skills, so that one day I’ll be able to make some lovely artworks of my own.
  • building up a sketchbook full of the papercuts, so I’ve got a record of what I’ve done.

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Japanese Bird Papercut K716

Still pecking away at my papercutting adventure, trying to cut all designs from one book. Papercut k716: Japanese Bird Papercut

This Japanese bird papercut is from an ongoing papercutting project that I’ve been doing. Basically I’m trying to hand-cut my way through all of the designs in Dover Books’ “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book. (The designs are all available as vector files, so I could theoretically just cut them all out with my laser cutter…but where is the challenge in that?)

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Japanese Bird Papercut K716

This week’s design is number 716 in the book.

I really like this design, and for once I’m happy with the way I cut it, too. (Well, except for the fact that the edges of the white paper have been cut on a bit of a wonk, but I can fix that later.)

Japanese bird papercut with pen for scale - cut by hand by LaserSister

Closer up:

Japanese bird papercut closeup - cut by hand by LaserSister

Yep, even close up I’m happy with it! I was using a new blade and for some reason I was feeling particularly patient.

This design looks Japanese – is it a crane bird? I really like the little hearts and peacock-y teardrop shapes that form the feathers.

I’m not sure about the circumstances under which I might wish to use a crane bird design, but it was really satisfying to cut, even if I never incorporate this design into any other projects.

I cut it while (half-)watching Cake Walk on Amazon Prime. I do like cake shows but I haven’t made my mind up about this one, yet.

Here is another link to the book itself, just in case you wanted to buy it and do your own papercutting:

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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” book.art nouveau style papercutting

Latest Papercutting Designs

I’m still cutting my way through all of the designs from one particular book. This is how far I’ve got so far…

Latest Papercutting Designs

Following on from this post and this post, I’m still working my way through the designs in the Dover Books publication “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments

This is my latest batch:

Latest papercutting designs

…with some close-ups:

Latest papercutting designs - grapes

Latest papercutting designs

Latest papercutting designs - corner flower

…and my favourite today:

Latest papercutting designs - art nouveau flower


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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Favourite Laser Cut Souvenir from Venice

A laser-cut souvenir pop-up card from Venice.

My favourite laser cut souvenir so far…

Wherever I go my eye is always drawn to laser-cut and laser-etched items, and (as I mentioned in the last post) I was really pleased to see plenty of good quality laser-y products while I was on holiday earlier this month. In fact I was so pleased to see them that I even bought a few laser cut souvenirs.

This is a card that I bought in the Doge’s Palace. It’s got a nice simple front…

venice laser cut souvenir - front
Venice laser cut souvenir – front

…and then when you open it you get the “wow” of the pop-up effect:

venice laser cut souvenir - inside
Venice laser cut souvenir – inside

Here is a close-up of the inside:

venice laser cut souvenir - close up

This is the back of the card:

venice laser cut souvenir - back
Back of card


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