Notan (Japanese Paper Cutting)
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September 29, 2015
Notan is a Japanese design concept involving positive and negative space. I kept coming across this type of project while looking for projects to do at my daughter's school. I can see why it's so popular. It's suitable for most ages. I had lots of fun! Plus, it's simple and I had all the materials. The possibilities are endless with this project. You could create a scene, cut specific shapes, or organic shapes. We're having lots of fun with this one!
Total Time: half an hour or less
- background paper. I used 8 1/2 x 11 inches, printer paper.
- piece of cardstock or construction paper. I cut mine to be 4 x 5 inches.
- glue stick
- hole punch, optional
- pencil, optional
- Cut your construction paper or cardstock to 4 x 5 inches.
- You can go ahead and cut freehand or cut organic shapes at this point. I drew it out on my paper because I can't cut in a straight line! I drew the design in pencil on all 4 sides.
- Once you have your design, start cutting out the pieces.
- When all the pieces are cut out, put the pieces back together like a puzzle.
- Flip the cut pieces directly outside the box. Flip it over like a pancake, so that you have a mirror image. For the hearts, I alternated the cut pieces. The largest piece went outside the box, the next one inside, the next one outside, etc.
- Glue your cardstock square down first.
- Glue the outside pieces, making sure to align the shape with the edge of your square. Try to make sure that all pieces are mirror images of the inside design.
- Have fun with more designs. The sky's the limit!
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