I like to cut paper. Let me elaborate. I like to cut paper with scissors to make interesting shapes and forms without drawing them first. I use it in my math classes to demonstrate symmetry to my students. I cut paper shapes iconic of certain holidays that our church youth group then uses to make one-of-a-kind note cards which they sell to fund their mission trips. I like to cut paper.
|"September Dusk" image stretched to square proportions|
I chose one of my favorite paintings of our local river and stretched its image into a square for the proportions. I bought a number of sheets of patterned paper, no solids, considering only the colors and values, not the patterns, then proceeded to cut shapes, and to use them like paint. It was very interesting to decide how to layer up, how to soften edges, how to build in atmospheric perspective and texture. I used the paper much like I would use paint, blocking in with large shapes, then continually subdividing those shapes.
|original "September Dusk" 7 x 5|
I'm planning to explore this idea again, and am considering skipping the middle step altogether, bringing my paper, scissors, and Modge Podge outside to paint with paper en plein air.
As always, interested in your thoughts. Thanks for looking.