Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Cut Paper - experiments

Ann is working extra hours this week, so it's my turn again! About 40 years ago I had a lot of fun making collages out of cut paper silhouettes, and after a quick rummage I found Ann's stack of coloured card and cut out the simple seaside scene above. It looks a bit flat of course (only because it is), and that got me thinking.

I tried standing each layer of card vertically - with clothes pegs clipped to the bottom corners and stood them about two inches apart on the tabletop, then fiddled with my camera to get the aperture wide open, and fiddled with the spacing of the cards to get a blurred effect in the distance ...

... and that sort of worked except that those shadows cast by the far hillsides don't look quite right. Plus, that pink sky is a result of reflection from the pink curtains. So I poked Ann's craft lamp in between the hillsides and the sea to try and take the shadows away ...

... and was really pleasantly surprised by the watery glow it gave to the sea. Nice, huh?

By this time it was getting late, and I had the craft lamp shining from the left, some remnants of daylight from the right and a flourescent light overhead so I could see what I was doing. That's probably why there are the odd shadows at the right and why the sand turned out green (it's the same piece of card as in the other two pictures).

Still, there's heaps of card left to play with, and this is a promising enough start that I think I might be able to do something good with it. Fun too.