I’ve been a bit quiet here on the ‘KayLand’ blog for a while, and that’s partly because over on my LaserSister.com website/blog I am in the middle of a papercutting project. A while ago I bought a book from Amazon called ““, and this year I’ve been improving my papercutting skills by attempting to hand cut all of the 922 illustrations from paper.
Because the designs aren’t specifically for papercutting/scherenschnitte designs, I have also been gaining a lot of experience in trying to adapt ‘normal’ designs into something that can be cut from paper.
Papercutting by hand is really therapeutic and relaxing (usually. Except when I’m tired and/or using a blunt blade and keep ripping the paper) and so as well as adapting the designs for use in lasercutting art projects, I am also attempting to cut 100 of the designs by hand within 100 days.
As of today I’m on Day 58 of my quest. Here are some of my favourites:
To see more of the designs that I’ve cut so far, here is where I started the project.
I’ve been cutting all of the designs with a scalpel and scissors, and in most cases the lines that are in the artworks are less than one millimetre thick. This makes it very easy to cut through the wrong parts accidentally!
I definitely am improving as I go along. When I first started cutting the designs I made a lot more mistakes and accidentally ripped a lot of the designs But now I find that I’m getting quicker and more accurate, and can cut lines that are even thinner than before.
Now that I’m well into my 40s, the other essential piece of kit that I need (along with the scalpel, cutting mat and scissors) is a pair of reading glasses. That’s the only way I can see the tiny pieces that I’m cutting out!