Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Introduction to Papercraft

All around the world people like making models or various crafts. They make ships, space crafts, flowers, postcards and many other things with paper. Because paper is very flexible and cheap material. It is easy to work with and possible to make it relative durable if you cover it with suitable glue. Paper doesn’t require any special skills; it is easy to remade something if you made a mistake.

Every beginner in papercraft must know how to work with paper. The quality of your crafts depends on your skills and knowledge. This type of activity not only contributes to your creative development, but also develops personal perseverance, accuracy, and hand motor skills. Let's move from theory to practice.

  1. Workplace.

Make sure that your table and chair are comfortable. The source of light should be placed behind your left shoulder (behind the right one if you are left-handed), use your table lamp if needed. Cover your table with a film or paper. It is also possible to put a glass sheet on your table. You can keep different notes under it. But make sure that its edges are polished or you may cut yourself. Note that you should keep your elbows off the table.

  1. Paper.

Paper is what you work with, this is why it is so vital to pay attention to it. The high-quality paper feels like your brand new computer after your grandfather`s old Pentium 2. If you are just a beginner and want to make simple toys and crafts it is better to use standard A4 paper. It has good quality and should be at least 80 gsm. For more complicated crafts it is better to use cardboard. You can use photo paper to print patterns. Your photo paper should be at least 200 gsm. Also, you may use a double-sided photo paper for your crafts. It is all up to your imagination.

  1. Glue.

Standard school glue is suitable for gluing ordinary paper and sometimes for cardboard. To work with a photo paper, it is better to use super glue. You may find different types of glue in your local store, but you must understand that cheap doesn’t mean quality. You can use a brush to smudge a glue or just squeeze it out on paper with your hands. If you have no space brushes, then you may use useless paper scraps. Remember to vent your room, because some glues are toxic.

  1. Main tools.

Check that you have a pencil, knife, eraser, ruler, compass, and scissors. Your pencil has to be made from wood and shouldn’t be too had. Medium is enough (TM, T, F). And, of course, it should be sharp. If it draws a thin line, then you are good to go. Your eraser should be big and soft. Make sure that it erases a pencil and not just smears it. The ruler should be between 30 to 50 cm long. Modern plastic rulers are curved a little bit, so it is better to find a metal one. The compass must be rigid, without loose parts, the pencil should not move inside it, or this compass will be useless for you. It is crucial for you to find good comfortable scissors. There are special scissors for left-handed people.

The most difficult thing in paper crafting is to draw your idea on paper. Sometimes we just don't know what to make. In this case, you may try to find inspiration in other works or just copy other people’s crafts. Thy to search for masterclasses on the internet. We wish you luck and be successful in your hobby.