papercut 224 - Chinese flower with horizontal scalpel - Kay Vincent LaserSister

Chinese Flower (papercutting project design: 224)

This Chinese Flower design is from an ongoing papercutting project that I’ve been doing (where I’m trying to work my way through all of the designs in the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book by Dover Books.)

I was doing pretty well with my papercutting during the Covid19 lockdowns, but then we had to:

  • sell our house
  • move to another part of the country
  • get new jobs
  • sell my husband’s flat
  • buy a bungalow for husband’s mother
  • rent out the bungalow because mother-in-law had a fall and couldn’t live in it
  • help m-i-l move to a care home
  • sell m-i-l’s flat
  • start renovating our new (old) house

I also had to pause my PhD. Bummer. But last I’m sort of getting on top of things, and can occasionally find time to relax and do some crafts again. So here we are with another design cut from the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book. This week’s design is number 224 in the book:

Closer up:

I’ve called this one “Chinese Flower” … because it looks like a traditional Chinese papercut, and features a flower.

This piece was reeeeally small, so overall I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. The cutting is mostly accurate and I didn’t cut off any crucial parts of the design. The only flaw that leaps out at me is the middle of the central stripe in the top leaf, where there is a little kink in the design:

…but that’s only if I’m being super-critical. If I were that bothered by it, I could get my scalpel out and tidy it up.

In terms of the actual design, I like this one. It does have that traditional Chinese papercut style, which is something that I enjoy looking at. I could see myself using this design as part of a papercut greetings card, or maybe on wedding stationery.

While I was cutting it I was listening to one of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books. I’ve listened to a lot of them recently and they tend to merge into each other in my memory, but I think it was One Shot. I never thought I’d get into Jack Reacher books, but then I ran out of my preferred audiobook genres in my library’s app so had to expand my repertoire. Turns out I really enjoy action/thriller type books.

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