When I had a personal sort of project to do however, like a birthday card, I would find some pieces of colored paper, cut out shapes, and make a picture out of them, bang, bang. No matter how complicated or time-consuming these cut paper projects are, I head to the art table to work on them whenever there is a spare moment,
This one on the left is the card for Tofu's birthday this year. The boy (Tofu, of course) has a wheel behind his feet so that he can move fairly easily up the path to the top.
It was a pleasure to make.
I have been making cut paper collages since I was in college, always for fun. I never considered them serious art.
Finally a lightbulb went off! Maybe I could do the art for my book in a medium that I truly enjoy...
What seems Real about this process is that the layers are truly layered: the background is in the back and the foreground objects are pasted on top. What's more, each color is its own discrete entity. It makes sense in a simple-minded, literal sort of way. For some reason that seems thrilling. Also the textures of the papers add an organic beauty that I couldn't have invented. And the clean edges are, well, clean, crisp.
So I am starting over from scratch, doing cut paper pictures instead of watercolor ones.
In order to finish this project in my lifetime, I'll cut the number of pictures, so that each story will have three at the most, instead of about eight.
I posted earlier the watercolor that this one is replacing which can be seen here.