Paper art by Hiromi Koike
You can cut paper freehand and make a single picture with carefully thought-out colors and layouts, almost as if you were a painter. Instead of neat, clean lines, you end up with slightly odd but interesting shapes.
â€œThis is a pattern I thought up by imagining what the story of Little Red Riding Hood would be like if it took place in the winter,â€ Hiromi says. â€œSince the pattern is simple, the texture of the papers and the way the trees are lined up give a sense of movement.â€
"Excerpted from CREATIVE PAPER CUTTING by Shufunotomo, (c) 2010.Â Published by arrangement with Trumpeter, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston.Â Â www.Shambhala.com."
Transform a simple sheet of paper into a delicate snowflake, a sweet flower, or a dainty doily—or create an enchanted forest using a modern twist on the traditional technique for making paper dolls. Paper cutouts get a fresh look in this contemporary approach to the practice of transforming paper into art. It’s full of clever and cute designs and a range of different cutting techniques that you can use to make your own cutouts for display, decoration, or embellishment. Offering a range of styles, this book presents paper cutting techniques through clear step-by-step instruction, detailed diagrams, and templates. Once you’ve mastered the basics, creative uses for paper cutouts are offered, including as cards, gift wrap, mobiles, collages, stencils, garlands, and more. ...© 2013 Shufunotomo / Roost Books · Reproduced with permission.
A variety of color paper, hand- made Japanese paper (yellow, white, gray, pink, brown, aqua, red; 41/8" Ã— 57/8"), scissors, glue, felt pens (nontranspar- ent orange and green)
Cut and glue
Hiromi Koike doesnâ€™t draw patterns, but beginners will make fewer mistakes if they draw one first. Cut an evening sky out of navy blue paper, and glue it to the base paper.
Once you decide where Little Red Riding Hood will go, draw her face on the base paper with the orange pen. When the ink is dry, use the green pen to draw her eye.
Cut and glue
Cut brown paper for her hair, aqua paper for her skirt, and red paper to make her red hooded cape. Glue them all on the base. Next, cut out her navy blue legs and gloves, place them on the base, and glue them down. Finally, cut the basket and the food.
Place five or six pieces of white paper in layers and cut out three kinds of trees.
Arrange the trees in ran- dom order and at random dis- tances, and glue them down. Finish the picture by cutting out a yellow star and hanging it in the sky.