Nōtan is traditionally presented in paint, ink, or cut paper, but it is relevant to a host of modern day image-making techniques, such as stamping, applique and screen printing. I've used Notan in my Give & Take Applique technique shown as my quilt Ball Joints:
Here is a piece that I created using black construction paper and scissors:
If you want to look for some references in books, try these:
- Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers by Arthur Wesley Dow (1899)
- Notan: A Virtual Art Academy building block by Barry John Raybould, MA (2004/2010) Course on Notan
- Notan: The Dark-Light Principle of Design by Dorr Bothwell and Marlys Mayfield (1968/1991)
Tomorrow I have other pictures and some tips to get you started.