Cut paper design

Here is one of my ideas for a cut paper design. The cut paper version will be at least 11″ x 17″; that’s the size of the drafting film upon which I lettered the poem. The idea came from that original scrap on the left (one of those scraps I saved the other day when I was cleaning out the box), which is a bit of calligraphy about 3″ x 6″. The scrap is at least 11 years old. See, I just knew it would come in handy one day!

How this is going to fulfill the requirement that there be foreground, middle ground and background I haven’t worked out yet. I suppose I could make a case that the large leaves are foreground, the lettering middle ground, and the background — which will be also cut paper on a smaller scale and maybe stick out through the large-leaf areas. I don’t know yet.

I bought a 100-pack of #11 X-acto blades about 15 years ago and I still have 3/4 of them in the box, but that’s changing rapidly. Cutting drafting film dulls the blades quickly!

3 Replies to “Cut paper design”

  1. Beth — stunning Romans! This is a beautiful piece. Thanks for posting it.

  2. Thanks, Lorraine and Roann, for the nice comments. I’m interested to see how it turns out. I just wish I’d warmed up before I started. Actually, it was a warm-up/testing-the-writing to start with, but then it was flowing so nicely that by the time I realized it, it would have been counter-productive to start over more carefully; you know how you lose the rhythm and grace sometimes when you start over more carefully …

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