Paper, Scissors, Sculpt!
by Ben A Gonzales
The book begins with an introduction on this cut and fold art form which Gonzales calls “Gupit-Gupit”. The language and style is very relaxed making you feel like you were working with a dear friend or a good teacher. The next 7 pages is devoted to techniques and materials needed. Materials include household items such as paper, pencils, scissors, a scoring device, and glue/tape.
- star (basic): snakes, lizard, bat, butterfly, shark, swordfish;
- stars (familiar with basics): whale, fishes, bear, hippo, swan;
- stars (familiar with basics plus experience): rabbit, squirrel, turkey, peacock, duck, pelican, T-rex; or
- stars (inspired): stegosaurus, kangaroo, snail, giraffe.
In the first few projects, you may need to use the instructions to help you along, but after you have made a few of the paper sculptures, you will find that the instructions are not really necessary.
Gonzales does an excellent job in making theses crafts simple. So simple that children can make many of them.
– a template for photocopying,
– instructions in the form of text & line drawings,
– and a photo of the finished model.
“Basic” projects are mostly flat: they have contours and dimensionality; but for the most part, they are to be displayed laying down with one side visible. The more advanced projects are truly 3 dimensional and can stand upright with all sides of the model visible.
The paper recommended for these projects is 80 lb paper; though, all models shown on this page were made with heavy weight photocopier paper. Heavier weight paper will allow the models to stand up right whereas office paper maybe be a bit flimsy especially for the “inspired” projects.
Slipped in between projects, Gonzales has tidbits of information which are fun to read and a pleasant change from the instructions,
At the end of the book, he shows some of his own advanced projects. It is amazing how a few cuts and folds can produce such amazing paper structures. Gonzales is an accomplished paper artist, his writing style is very comfortable, and the projects he presents in this book are well chosen: easy to make and looks fabulous.