Tips & Tricks Challenge 1
Notes before starting:
As we are currently unable to meet as a group face-to-face we welcome everyone to our first online Tips & Tricks session.
We hope our members, website followers, and anyone else who stumbles across our blog will enjoy and participate in the small projects and challenges we will be posting from time to time.
Please photograph your finished project and email it to our webmaster, Claire, by clicking here. She will upload your images one week after the project has gone live. So, in this case, you have until Wednesday 8th April (afternoon) to email your results to her. This is not confined to our members, anyone may email their results. Enjoy!
By Dinah Beeston
Notan is a Japanese design concept involving the play and placement of light and dark or two different colour elements. Any form of art could be used to demonstrate Notan but I obviously use paper.
The word ‘counterchange’ means to change parts or (poetically) to chequer, for example with contrasting colours.
2 sheets of paper the same size but different colours
pencil, scissors or craft knife, glue
- Choose which sheet of paper will be the “background”. I’ve chosen the dark piece.
- On the other piece draw half a design. For example, here I have drawn half a face along the side of the pale sheet. Use a pencil to draw the design so that the lines won’t show on your final piece.
- Cut along all the lines and keep the cut pieces in order so you know where they come from in the main design – this is important as your design becomes more complicated!!
- Glue the main piece on to the background sheet.
- Glue the next largest piece opposite the first piece making sure that they meet and match along the centre line.
- Glue all the other pieces to match the location of them in the other half of the sheet.
And there is your final piece.
Your design can be as simple or as involved as you wish. You can use any sort of paper – commercial, handmade, plant fibre.
I’ve added a few samples that I made using handmade and plant fibre paper.
Here is my Notan interpretation of a hippo, orangutan, rhino and tiger.