There can be a lot of overlap in your thinking. For example working with paper has helped my understanding of layers which has helped in seeing and understanding layering in my paintings. Sometimes in painting you need to understand what your seeing so that you can simplify shapes in such a way that makes visual sense. When you are looking at a hazy distant landscape, for example you can understand the landscape as being conceal by layers of semi-transparent rice paper. The harder edged silhouette shapes that are closer to you are cut out of card stock as a single shape. These paper cuttings I've done were tricky at first because all the positive shapes have to connect. More recently, I've found it easier to think of this. Drawing in my sketch book have helped. I think now it would be fabulous to turn some of these paper cuttings into silk screens, or even stencils for spray painting on a larger scale.
I'm really inspired by butterflies. If you look closely at the design of a butterfly's wings, theyare a perfect reflection. I like the way light shines through a butterfly's wings, the structure of its wirelike parasails are designed for remarkable strength, yet it is light as a feather. I also like how butterflies and bees make paper to protect themselves. The paper cocoon is an important part of the butterflies transformation, it seems like it has to build something to conceal itself while it works some magic to change its form. Over this past winter I have become obsessed with making butterflies out of paper. I have enough paper now to last me three lifetimes and I sit for hours in my cocoon crafting. I cut their wing shapes out of heavy card stock, then I glue pieces of transparent hand made papers behind, shaping the colored paper so they fit perfectly into place so they look like stained glass. I am careful to shape them so only one layer is used so that brilliance of the color can be seen next to the light.