papercut 128 design - LaserSister

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 128 design - 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 design closeup - 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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