This “Daffodil” papercut is from the ongoing papercutting challenge that I’ve been undertaking for aaaaages. (Basically I’m trying to work my way through all of the designs in the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book by Dover Books.)
Today’s design is number 692 in the book. As usual I’m not 100% convinced that I’ve correctly identified the flower in the design, but I had to call it something. So on the basis that it’s got 6 outer petals and could potentially be seen as having a ‘trumpet’ shape thing coming out of it (if you’re looking at it straight on), I’m sticking with the idea that it’s a daffodil. Maybe it’s a passion flower though?
For this one, I sort of cheated when it came to cutting the small round holes in the centre. Because I’ve bought a tool that punches tiny holes in things. Perfect, lovely round holes. It does so much better than me just using a scalpel. But yes, it really does feel like cheating. On one hand it’s very satisfying to be able to cut small, perfect-looking circles from paper. But on the other hand, where is the skill in just punching out a circle with a tool? But on the other hand, scalpels and pairs of scissors are also cutting tools, aren’t they?
I seem to have left this papercut in a fairly rough state, apart from the nice circles. The bigger (white) circles outside the flower itself could definitely do with trimming and neatening a bit.
I don’t think I’ll be using this particular motif again in any papercutting projects, but as always, I’m pleased to have used this one as a practice piece.
Does that look like a daffodil to you, or could it be something else? Is it cheating to use a circle-punching tool, or is it OK? Feel free to use the comments page, or Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.