The fish I'm using in my ACEOs are all cut from templates; they're not cut freehand. I like using stylized fish shapes. The repetition reinforces the idea that they're of a family and belong together.
I traced around the fish in my mobile to create my templates and then modified the shapes to be:
I'm influenced, too, by Matisse's paper cutouts. I've always liked them. They're cheerful and lively -- full of life and color and movement. His cutouts are playful yet powerful.
- easier to cut out
- good sizes to fit within the ACEOs
- recognizable as fish
- pleasing shapes
Although I don't expect my simple little fishies to be powerful, they are playful. And it's ok to be a serious artist and yet be playful.
See more fishies in my Etsy shop: http://lifeneedsart.etsy.com