Papelitos (little papers) started as a project to make an alphabet collection of collage animals. I soon realized that some letters of the alphabet have many animal choices, while others have very few. And so the A-Z idea was abandoned and it became just a collection of animals, flowers, and landscapes. I work from a photograph and start by cutting a paper silhouette of the animal. From there I cut pieces of paper and layer them on top of each other, gluing each piece one at a time. I try to create the texture of feathers and fur by making small cuts within each piece of paper. Once the image is finished I attach the whole piece to a background paper and add additional things (trees, grass, snow, branches, etc) to it afterwards. It is all done with a pair of scissors, some paper, and a glue stick.
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