Week 4 to Week 5 -Behind the white board

The paper cut light box  model, my object, is an experiment of  using paper, light and shadow to form a space.


I try to set up something that audience can play with to have more interaction, like controlling the light or spinning some frames. I also did some lighting study as below:

Photo Oct 16, 17 13 10    Photo Oct 16, 17 13 44

2.test 6x 80w 3.test 6x 8040w

4. 5.test 5x 8040wtopmid

6.test 4 corner 60w 7.test 4 corner 60w40train

8.test 4 corner 40w 9.test 6x 40w trainbar 20w

10.test 6x 40w trainbar no 11.test 3x 40w top

12.test 3x 40w bot

The result is it is hard to light up 16 layers of card board with enough lighting in front and not overexposed at the back, I need to adjust the distance between those layers and to simplify the those layers or add in lighting in different layers.

As the tutorial on Tuesday, Joel advised me to look on to the material and texture behind the board instead of focusing on lighting. I played with different material with light. I bought some papers in different transparency and texture, and I also pick up some leaves on street.


  1. tear/peel off the skin of the original white board but the result is not obvious under the light, so I add in a wrapping paper behind it to see if the shadow of texture is easier to show as the board get thinner. Also a mixing of tear of edge, hand cutting and laser cutter boards together can enrich the texture of the overall model.
    Photo Oct 15, 23 24 16 Photo Oct 16, 00 07 04Photo Oct 16, 00 06 32

  2. Draw behind the board, as the card board is thick, the drawing on the other side of board cannot be seen without lighting from the back
    Photo Oct 15, 23 52 15 Photo Oct 16, 00 09 46

  3. Cutting
    cutting the lines, cutting the shape or make cutting strip set back/front to create different shadow effect. And I applied the glassine paper at the back for the blur effect.Photo Oct 16, 00 13 59  Photo Oct 16, 00 15 03 Photo Oct 16, 00 16 28
  4. Something behind to create shadow, I tried to use a tissue with PVA glue to make it hard and placed behind the card board. But unfortunately the crease of the tissue is not obvious
    Photo Oct 16, 00 13 22Photo Oct 16, 00 13 09
  5. try to put leaf behind the board, the leaf pattern can be seen but not clear, it is more like projecting a leaf and that is quite interesting to me.
    Photo Oct 16, 00 17 36 Photo Oct 16, 00 19 22

  6. Cutting back/front? And add in cotton
    I cut a free form shape and a few of lines and put in under the light to see how the light goes through the front side and I also do the same for the back side by flipping it. Then I put cotton at the back to see how light goes through cotton and if cotton would form shadow behind the board.
    Photo Oct 16, 14 05 29 Photo Oct 16, 14 06 51 Photo Oct 16, 14 09 34

  7. Pretend to be
    I found the maya paper 270gm look alike with the 300gm white board, so I have an idea of mixing maya paper into the boards, the maya paper is thinner and able to delivery more light compare to the white board.
    Photo Oct 16, 14 13 14 Photo Oct 16, 14 14 02

The problem if there is only 1 lighting resources or too many layers (16 currently) is too hard to get enough light to show all these effect, and on top of that, all layers must not be too overlapping or it would be too thick to get light.

Update: laser cut is done, I also hand cut a few layers, so I will play with laser cut layers, hand cut layers and the tear part layers to see how it goes



One thought on “Week 4 to Week 5 -Behind the white board

  1. A great series of tests that really start to show the dramatic effects of changing materials and light intensity on the model. These should all be documented in the portfolio and the effects scientifically and experientially explained. It seems that this is a mixture between tests on a digital and a physical model so it would be good to see what different effects you get between the two. As Joel suggested, start to assign different materials to your model to get the desired effects to specific elements within the scene but also start to cut into the model to get light into the harder to reach places – use it as a way to investigate effects rather than a static aesthetic object. Once you get the effects you want, you could make an incredibly detailed section or axo through the model showing the build up of material layers AND the complexity of cuts, holes, channels, blockades etc that you have inserted on the back in order to impact the appearance from the front. Keep going and try to push this even further for Tuesday – looking forward to seeing the model and formatted tests in your portfolio then!

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