Positive vs. Negative Design

Cut paper and tracing version

Step 1 – Begin with a small rectangle of paper 4″ x 5.5″

Place the small rectangle sheet on top of another and in the center of another sheet of paper. Trace the rectangle.

Step 2 – Fold the small paper template into four boxes. In one of the boxes use a pencil to draw a simple shape. Cut out the shape.

Step 3 – Flip the cutout shape out and over. Trace around the new shape.

Step 4 – Repeat step 3 for all the sides of the small paper templet.

Step 5 – Use a marker or a crayon to color in the positive/negative design.


Positive Negative example

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Henri Matisse – Paper cutting video


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