Paolo is a plant. I recently featured him in one of my letters, to which a portrait or likeness was needed to carry off the little witty banter I had going. I wanted something three dimensional but needed it to lay flat to send through the post. This was my solution.
"You can apply this to anything you'd like to make three dimensional for your penpal."
The basic supply list is as follows:
Obviously you'll need pencils, black marker, and whatever you decide to use for coloring (markers, color pencils, paint.. you choose). You'll also need:
1. First I came up with my subject by drawing a thumbnail sketch. Once I was happy, I enlarged it. See below. Making sure of the specs so it would fit into my mailing envelope when flat.
Something to understand is that you'll need four of the one subject. Two being mirror opposites of the other two.
The final result is two pieces that are TWO-SIDED.
(this will make sense as you follow along)
2. I used my computer for expediency, but you can use tracing paper to trace it and then flip it to redraw on a fresh piece of paper to create the mirror images. You need two pair. I was able to use one piece of Letter size paper to achieve what I needed. If you are creating a larger three dimensional piece you may need to accommodate with more paper.
Each mirrored-pair should be separated only by a space that is very slightly wider than the thickness of your substraight. See red marking below.
Note: I chose to color in all four by hand instead of doing one complete and then replicating on a computer/copier. I wanted all 4 sides to be a bit different... more organic. But you don't have to do it that way.
3. Now, using the edge of my substraight as the center between the mirror images, I glued one image onto the substraight and folded the other round the back and glued there as well. Make sure things are snug around the edge of the substraight.
4. Let dry. —I wanted a white border in my final results, so I drew a pencil line where I would cut around my drawing. I used an x-acto knife to cut my drawing free out of the subtraight. See below.
Note: If you placed the mirrored images apart correctly and glued it without any sagging in your paper... as you cut one side you won't have to worry about the alignment on the backside.
5. Of course you have to repeat the cutting for the other one. When you're done you will have two images that are TWO-SIDED as in the photo below.
6. The final step is to cut away a line in each piece that is the thickness of your substraight. One will have the cut-away from center to top. The other form center to bottom.
A word of caution here: You've invested time, don't rush this last part. You don't want to be over confident and cut your line too long or too wide. It will make the piece wobbly and not stand sturdy. Just keep cutting away a little at a time to get it right, yet snug. (After you get it just right you can trace the shape if you wish and save as a pattern-guide to make your next one go a little quicker.)
When you're done slide one piece onto the other and Voila!
Hello, I’m Nina, the maven behind the
IQS blog. I’m all about creativity (ya think?).
I work in several disciplines. So it's no surprise that the Art of Letter Writing would come knocking on my door. Smitten!
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