Notan is the Japanese word for dark and light, black and white.The black paper is cut into shapes and placed on the contrasting white paper.
I must credit my Zentangle practice with many things, including my growing interest in paper cutting. When I ran across Notans on Pinterest I knew they had to be married to Zentangle®. I am drawn to the simplicity of both forms of art - Zentangle is a pen and paper - Notan is paper and a pair of scissors. They both give me the freedom to create without having tons of supplies on my work table.