Thursday, April 29, 2010

May Workshop: Simple Paper Engineering

Simple paper engineering structures can add a fun and interactive element to books. These won’t actually be pop-ups, but movable forms. We’ll be focusing on two constructions. One will be a turnable wheel that requires no brads. The other is a pull-tab. If time allows, we might expand upon these to create similar forms. These structures are great for books, altered books and cards.

We are meeting Saturday, May 8 at 12 noon in our usual room, BSS 166. The cost is $.50 to cover material expenses. 

What to bring:

-Craft knife and cutting mat
-Metal ruler and/or gridded quilting ruler
-Pencil and eraser 
-Glue stick and/or double-sided tape or adhesive dispenser (such as Tombo)
-Several sheets of 8.5 x 11" cardstock or heavyweight paper such as Canson Mi-teintes, plus 2 or 3 sheets of 12 x 12" cardstock.
-A compass. This is for drawing accurate concentric circles (but if you can't find one, you'll likely be able to borrow one).
-Pictures for your structures: small rubber stamps with ink and/or small images to cut out and glue (roughly 1/2" to 1" should work); and colored pens or pencils for drawing. Think of things that might go together well as a visual story, or that simply go together...or just bring whatever you want to play with as you construct your prototypes. If you just want to doodle with pens or pencils and not worry about pictures to bring, that's fine. Some extra small images will also be provided. 
-Decorative edge scissors--highly recommended, but optional. This is to shape the edge of your wheel, which will make it easier to grasp and turn. Small zigzag or wave-shaped edges work well. 
-Also optional, if you happen to have them around: round or square punches (around 1" or so). This is for experimenting with different shaped window openings to go along with your wheel. Not essential. 

Ellen G. will be leading the workshop. Her contact details are in the newsletter if you have questions.

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