Cutting Corners – A Circle Within a Square


Title:  Cutting Corners
Dimensions:  8″x8″
Materials:  Pigma Micron Pens; Gold Canson Effects paper; white charcoal pencil


“Cutting Corners is my 5th abstract piece, although I cannot consider it a mandala since it is technically a square.

Unlike its predecessors, this design was created on an 8x8in square of gold Canson Effects paper using Pigma Micron pens of varying sizes in black as well as some white charcoal for accents.

The title of this piece, “Cutting Corners,” is all thanks to my husband.

The story is this: My husband had been watching me create circle after circle after circle since the summer. He then suggested that for my next image, I should make something square shaped.

So I did…


It wasn’t until I reached the halfway point in this image that my husband noticed the circular design both in the center and on the upper right and lower left corners. He accused me, flat out, of “cutting corners”.

And the name stuck.

The finished image below is, as you can see, a black and white. My camera wasn’t able to take a decent color photo of the shiny gold paper with the white accents in the design. Later on I plan to take this image and get it scanned professionally, in an attempt to get the correct color nuances.

However, until that can happen, I wanted to share a clean black and white version of this design.


Creative Commons License
Cutting Corners by Christina Rivera-Scott is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.


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