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“The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.” – Chuck Palahnuik


This is an old friend of mine, Nikki McClure. I was amazed by her work and process back in the late 90’s when I lived in Olympia. I’m continually amazed with every new piece she creates. Nikki draws by removing the spaces in-between the lines.

This month we are going to build on the negative space exercise from last month, by creating a papercut drawing. It’s going to be one of the more challenging assignments we do. Hopefully, it will also be one of the most rewarding.

First, pick a sturdy piece of paper with some color to it. Nikki uses black, but any color will do. A sheet that is multi-colored paper might even create a more interesting effect. Choose something thick but not cardstock.

Next, very lightly sketch an object on your paper. Something interesting with texture. A plant. A feather. A cat of a sweater. A bird in a tree. Your house.  A message

Finally, with a basic xacto knife, cut out the negative space, leaving the lines remaining.

Your final cutout can be framed or scanned and made into holiday cards.

Google around for some inspiration.

Bring your papercut to your local December bart happy hour.

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