24 September 2014
The best thing about these uniquely coloured paper balls is that you can send them flat as cards to be blown up on arrival.
- Tracing paper, min 2 sheets
- Paint brushes
- Precision knife
- 100 mm plastic bauble (1, as a mould)
- Cutting mat
- Piece of string, we used Sajou Tonkin Thread
- Plastic bag / sheet to protect your surface
- 1 piece of medium-weight chipboard (card)
- Home printer
- blow_up_card_template.pdf 258.1 KB
Prepare a working surface with plastic so it can get wet and dirty, make enough space for several sheets of paper. Fill some old bowls or jars with regular tap water and get out your ecoline and brushes.
Using a clean brush, wet an area of the surface larger than your sheets of paper.
Using a different clean brush for every color (or rinsing very well in between colors) splodge or dab the different colors of ecoline next to each other on the wet area.
Take the first sheet of tracing paper and gently lay it on the color and water. You can softly tap on the paper here and there to guide the paint or to enlarge it's surface contact.
Lift off the paper, rotate it 90 degrees clockwise and gently lay it back on.
Repeat step five until you like the look of your paper. You can always add more paint or water in between rotations. When the sheet is done lay it to the side so it can dry.
Repeat step three - six for at least one more sheet as you will need about two sheets to make 1 paper ball. If the paint on your surface becomes too mixed up you can simply wipe it clean with paper towels and start again.
When painting the paper there are of course endless options to explore. Think about how to spread the paint, how to rotate and how many colors to use.
When you have finished making your paper leave it to dry while you print off the template provided. Firmly glue at least one wedge shape and one circle to a piece of chipboard.
Cut out the wedge, slot, outer and inner circle along the dashed line using a precision knife. Don't try to go through the card in one go - for a safer and cleaner cut, carefully trace over the line several times letting the knife do the work.
Take one of your painted sheets of paper and draw round the wedge template four times (don't forget to trace a line through the slot!) and the circle once, including the inner circle. Do the same on a second sheet but this time don't trace the inner circle, only the outer.
Cut out the pieces using a pair of scissors. Take care not to cut along the line you made through the slot. You should get 8 wedges and 2 circles, one of which has a smaller hole in it.
Fold the 8 wedges in half so that the pencil line stays on the outside and the edges of the paper neatly align.
Take one wedge and put some glue on the pointiest end, on the side with the pencil line. Stick this to the circle without a hole, so the right corner sits in the middle of the circle.
Take your next wedge and apply glue along the marked edge from the pointy end up to the fold.
Place your circle and wedge on your plastic bauble and glue your second wedge to the right edge of the first, aligning with the pencil line. Use the bauble as a mould otherwise the wedges will not line up.
You can place your plastic bauble on a roll of tape or a towel to stop it rolling away.
Repeat step fourteen and fifteen for the remaining 6 wedges. Make sure you glue the last wedge to the first one to close the shape. Keep the paper on the bauble, the next stage is to fold up the 'petals' into a dome shape.
Fold the wedge you glued last up on itself. Apply glue between the pencil line and the left edge. Now take the wedge to the left of it and fold that back up on itself too - thus glueing it to the previous one. Again, follow the pencil line.
Repeat Step Seventeen for the rest of the wedges, each time glueing the wedge to the left to the previous one, until you close the shape.
Take the circle with the hole in the center and a piece of string. Lay the string through the hole and put glue along the outer edge of the circle.
Glue it to the top of the paper ball where the wider wedge ends meet. Take care stick it to the outer layer of paper only.
Wait for your glue to dry fully then blow into the hole to inflate!