Today’s book is Amplified Art by Kass Hall:

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Today’s project is from her “Exploring Notan” chapter.

Notan is a Japanese word that means “dark-light”.  The principle of Notan as it relates to design is defined as the interaction between negative (dark) space and positive (light) space. 

I started with a 5” square piece of black paper.  Then I cut a shape from the side of the paper.  The featured photo is a random free hand design.  Below, I used a stencil and an exacto knife:


Here’s the cool part: no pieces are discarded.  Every piece you cut is glued down as the mirror image from where it was cut out.  Very cool!

What are you working on?

Thanks for stopping by,


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