lily of the valley papercut - with horizontal scalpel for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

Lockdown Papercutting Project Day 62: Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley #631

This “Lily of the Valley” papercut design is from an ongoing project that I’ve been doing. (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 631 in the book.

lily of the valley papercut - vertical scalpel for scale - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

Closer up:

lily of the valley papercut - square close up - Kay Vincent - LaserSister

I’m not very keen on this design, and I’m not even sure why. Theoretically it should tick all of my boxes. I like all of the individual elements. It’s got nice curvy lines, enjoyable curly leaves, and some very thin lines in it. I think it’s the combination of the thick and thin elements that bothers me. They seem to fight with each other a bit.

On the other hand, I’m very pleased with the development of my papercutting skills in this piece. It’s quite an ambitious project, with all of the tiny thin lines and large sweeping curves. And the fact that it (literally) stems from a single point at the bottom means that the whole design is structurally very fragile. So I’m glad it’s all in one piece.

Any comments? (e.g. do your eyes also find the mixture of thick and thin elements in this design offensive?) You can chip in via the comments page, or Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.

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