Layered Paper Collages by Nathalie Boutté

Nathalie Boutté, a paper artist from Montreuil, France, cuts and gently layers paper strips with astonishing results. Her newest work is an emotional rendition of a beloved photograph of Nathalie's grandfather with her sister.

2011 Nathalie Boutté, Remember. Cut paper, 86 cm x 60 cm

Originally the piece was to be titled "The Little Music of the Memories" as the picture reminds her of Simon and Garfunkel song lyrics...

"Long ago it must be
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They're all that's left of you"


Nathalie chose a music dictionary from which to extract the text, and the other is a very thick white paper she enjoys using. The piece appears dreamlike at a distance, but pixelated when seen close at hand.


It fascinates me that Natalie is able to convey likenesses, even age and small details - perhaps I spy eyeglasses and a mustache - with simple snips of paper. How many times must she step away to get a better view of her work?

Visit Nathalie's website and blog where you'll find collages composed of tissue paper, novel pages, and vibrantly inked tracing paper.

Facebook links this past week included:

A bookish video that's a joy to watch
Make a colorful polyhedra garland
and a fringed paper gerbera daisy ring

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Ann Martin
Ann Martin

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  1. Amazing how she does it.As you say to convey small details is fascinating. I was particularly stuck by her work from 2009 in her gallery.

  2. Marvelous work. Her Website is full of wonder.

  3. I enjoy all the artists you portray in your blog! I learn so much.

  4. Holy Moly! This technique is amazing, I have got to check out her blog. (And I cannot even get a quilled Valentine card made, smh.) Thanks for sharing, Ann! Have a fun weekend :)

  5. That is absolutely amazing. I would be so cross-eyed and blind after staring at that for as long as it must take to make it. Wow.

  6. I love work that draws you in. This collage is delicate and emotional, and I may have found a new paper artist to follow! Thanks, Ann.

  7. Wow! Beautiful and interesting work. Very impressionistic.


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