Earlier this week I found this intriguing looking paper model book in the craft section of a second hand bookshop in Whangarei. I could hardly believe that the boat on the cover could be made from a single piece of card, with a series of folds and slots holding it together, but that is indeed the case for this and a whole range of other models designed by George Aspen and illustrated in the book One Piece of Card (1973). Here are some other examples from the book:
I couldn't wait to get started making models, so I spent the morning making a couple of templates and undecorated pieces from the book.
First up Materials:
Tracing paper, plain card, a pencil, a stanley knife and an acto knife, a kiniiting needle for scoring folds and a bone folder for achieving nice crisp edges.
Project One: A Perching Bird:
I make a template from tracing paper first, which I then transfer to card. I then trace this onto better quality watercolour paper for the actual bird.
One bird ready for decoration
Project two: 6 Houses