Use a dollar bill as your medium or inspiration today.
We haven’t had dollar notes in Australia since 1984, so I couldn’t use one as my medium. Instead, I looked towards the US dollar bill as my inspiration – and ended up creating this papercraft version of the unfinished pyramid and Eye of Providence:
Work on the other hand. Pick a medium you’re comfortable with, then work with your non-dominant hand.
Just a quick one today, since it’s a Friday. I didn’t fancy handling scissors or a razor with my left hand, so manual paper cutting was out.
In then end, I decided that using Paper (by FiftyThree) for iPad was close enough to paper crafting, because… well, it has “paper” in the title… and I could sketch with my left hand while watching the news and flicking through channels with my right.
Anyhow, I ended up finger-drawing this old guy getting interviewed about guns (or something like that):
Make something with your breakfast before you eat it.
By the time I read today’s inspiration, I had already eaten breakfast (a couple of pieces of toast and a nectarine).
Rather than miss a day, I figured that it was time to bend the rules again. I initially thought that I would recreate my entire breakfast in papercraft, but then decided to just focus on one element of it: a nectarine.
I’ve previously use multiple scans to produce papercraft versions of real objects, but I’ve noted that cutting an object before scanning it might yield better results. Bearing that in mind, I peeled a nectarine so that the surface would lay flat on the scanner:
I then scanned it (covering sections with white paper to improve the colour reproduction – hopefully) and cut it out with some improvised tabs:
Then it was a matter of using double-sided adhesive tape (an a handy applicator) to roll up the side and hold it in a 3D shape:
Finally, it was ready to join the fruit basket. 🙂
Here are all the process shots:
I did eat the nectarine at the end. The real one, not the papercraft version.
Transform an old book into something new by cutting, folding, gluing and so on.
We don’t really have any old books that we could transform, so I used a WASO booklet that Amelia grabbed from the coffee table and proceeded to bend, nibble, and gnaw.
The inside cover features a wide shot of the orchestra standing to attendance, and I wanted to try making some of the figures actually stand out from the page.
So I cut:
I like how it kind of… flattens out the perspective effect – making it look like there are giants amongst normal-sized people. It reminds me of The Lord of the Rings films.
I haven’t really mentioned it much before, but I’m keen to make papercraft-based games and this exercise has shown me that I could probably use very simple cuts and folds to create layered environments suitable for simple scenes. Good stuff.