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Santangelo - Paper Tole Art -June 2010
Paper Tole is the process of taking identical prints, cutting out the components, then sizing, shaping and layering these components on the base print to give the finished piece a three-dimensional effect.
Sherry Santangelo is a Chinese-American from
Taiwan. She discovered the joy and beauty of this paper tole while strolling
down a Café Gallery in Taipei in 2006 and has followed her enthusiasm
for this traditional technique since then. She is a member of the Chelmsford
Art Society, Lexington Origami Group and is a Chinese teacher for Chelmsford
Community Education, the Chelmsford Library and the Chinese Language School.
I am inspired by the paintings of the original artists, whether the work is in watercolors, oils or acrylics. To create a more realistic image, I use an Exacto knife to cut out the parts I need. Using shaping, feathering and other techniques, I put these layered components back onto the original image to give it more depth and a vivid, three-dimensional effect. Through the whole process, I feel I am connected again with the artwork that the artist wanted to express. It is an amazing and powerful experience.
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