Paper tole photo tutorial - Paper Minis
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Paper tole photo tutorial - Paper Minis

Paper Minis Tutorial1 of 5Paper Tole Thanksgiving Using Painting TitledVisiting Grandma by Will MosesThis is a very cost effective way to learn how to do the old-fashioned art of PaperTole 3d layered paper cutting. You get to practice without spending $5 per layer!!Yes, that is the going rate, so have some fun on me learning how. I sure wish the 3deffect would really show up in photos. Evidently all Tole artists have the sameproblem. You'll just have to trust me at how cute this project is when done andframed.Required tools and supplies:X-acto knife and fresh bladeMetal straight-edge ruler to use to press against and make perfect creasesTweezersCutting matDetailing scissorsFast-grab, quick-dry white craft glue that dries clearSmall piece of aluminum foil to use as a glue potArtist's paint brush to apply glueSmall piece of 3/16" thick foam core board3.5"x5" frame. Less than 8.5"x11"Foam Mounting Tape (Scotch brand makes one). This is a length of foamabout 1/16" thick and is sticky on both sides.I used Epson 9.7 mil matte inkjet specialty paper. Get the best color by usinga paper designed to get the maximum"Stick-up poster clay" for holding down pattern on foam boardGlue gun1. Cut out parts. You will probablyneed to print two copies

Paper Minis Tutorial2 of 52. First layer is not cut at all.3. Please visit the "how to cuttight spots" tutorial beforestarting.Second layer the following are cutaway:DoorFireplace openingFireplace wood storage unit4. Third layer the following are cutaway:The back wall around the redcabinet, side table, fireplacebrick unitFireplace openingFireplace wood storage unitFYI: I always cut out center piecesbefore cutting out the surroundingareas.5. For the fourth layer, cut outcompletely the following items:Two paintings over fireplaceLarger cradle on leftTable, chairs, boy, girl, girl'sstool, dog, and wagon as oneunitGrandma, Grandma's chair,side table, lamp, anddollhouse all as one unit

aper Minis Tutorial3 of 56. Create the box to display work.Take printed black and white pageof pattern pieces. Turn it over andstrategically place flat dots ofstick-up poster clay on back ofeach piece. Do not cut patternpieces apart!7. Turn pattern page over ontofoam core board and press as flat asyou possibly can. Having lumpsdistorts the final size of each piece.8. Use the metal straight edge ruleras your guide, and a very new andsharp X-acto knife to cut pieces asdisplayed. Make cuts perpendicularto the cutting mat. You don't wantangles in the core board. Makeshallow multiple passes with theknife so as not to tear up the foamcore.9. Build box as shown. Make sureto follow directions on patternpieces. Box sides rest on top of boxback. Glue top and bottom firstthen sides in-between.Note: Glue must be very hot!

Paper Minis Tutorial4 of 510. Place the first layer in box. Ifyou trim edges, rememberexactly what you trimmed,because all layers will need tobe trimmed the exact sameway.Glue first layer in place.Not shown: size then glue left andright sides and ceiling and floorpieces to hide white board. I forgotto do this in the demonstration!11. Take lots of little pieces of thefoam mounting tape and place at allpoints shown. You want to makesure that wherever there may be asag, a piece of foam will hold it up,especially with the other layersplaced on top. Do not position foamtape right on paper edges forviewers will see it on your finishedproject.Check positioning before takingtape backing off. If fit is good, taketape backing away and position 2ndlayer in box.12. Strategically position tape to theback of layer 3. Check positioningbefore taking tape backing off. If fitis good, take tape backing away andposition 3rd layer in box.13. For layer 4, these will be theloose objects and you will want touse plenty of foam tape, but not somuch that viewers will see anyfrom the sides. Practice positioningbefore removing the green tapebacking.

Paper Minis Tutorial5 of 514. I glued each corner of the glass(just a little) to the frame. Then Iput a little glue at each corner ofthe box against the glass. I used thehot glue gun to glue the frame'sbacking to the back of the box whenall is dry...voila, your first PaperTole project!Paper Minis MiniaturesBurke, Virginiahttp://www.paperminis.comemail:©Copyright for Paper Minis Miniatures held by Ann Vanture, 2003-2007All rights reserved (worldwide rights)

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