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Creative Strength Training by Jane Dunnewold

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The Rebellious Expanded Square

CROSS-TRAINING EXERCISE

What to Gather

black paper (art paper, not construction paper, which tears easily. Canson Mi-Teintes is a good choice.)

craft knife with a #11 blade and/or small, sharp scissors

glue stick

old washcloth (to clean your fingers as you work)

pad of white paper, 11" × 14" (28cm × 36cm) or larger

ruler

The original expanded square exercise was introduced in a great little book titled Notan: The Dark-Light Principle of Design by Dorr Bothwell and Marlys Mayfield (Dover, 1991). The expanded square is only one of numerous exercises in the book, designed to give the reader/artist a better understanding of interactions of positive and negative space. There’s a good chance you’re already familiar ...

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