The Tlingits are an indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Their art style is quite distinctive and includes carvings and totem poles. Recently I came across a paper-piecing project using a whale. Once I tried that I decided to experiment with different shapes and techniques.
Using a salmon stencil, I glued scraps of paper left over from the whale project and then cut out the fish. Didn’t like the overlapping paper look, so first edged it in black with a
What if I used a different pattern all together? This is a first pass on a cow –didn’t take the time to glue it down, but you get the idea.
Start with the whale and then try piecing other shapes and sizes. Free Stencil Gallery has a good selection if you are looking for stencils.