My bff is our guest writer today, sharing how she made an adorable paper cat sculpture. Not just any cat, though: my Bobby, who you’ve read about here and here and here! I was so touched by this gift; I’ll treasure it, along with my memories of a unique furry friend, the rest of my life.
This adorable paper cat sculpture is based on a pattern from the website Canon Creative Park (http://cp.c-ij.com/en/). It offers free, beautiful printable projects for beginners and skilled crafters. This is an ADVANCED project – I figured that out only after falling in love with it! This design is so realistic and well-designed: I was hooked!
Paper Cat Sculpture Directions:
Since the original was for an American Shorthair with a long tail, I digitally and manually recolored the pattern to match the live original: Bob the Manx cat. I had two photos and my memory as a guide. To make that transformation, I revised the pattern using photo-editing software (Pixlr.com is a fantastic free site that mimics Photoshop). What I couldn’t replicate digitally, I created by hand (the bob tail took me more hours than I’m willing to admit).
The pattern was printed on matte finish brochure paper for the highest quality image. I used colored pencils to blend out the harsh edges of the printed image, using short strokes to simulate hair and approximate Bob’s unique coloring. And I couldn’t complete the project without a black Sharpie to conceal all the cut edges!
Gluing was a challenge: Bob is held together with a combination of glue stick, glue dots, good old-fashioned transparent tape, and prayer! Most of the glued surfaces were tiny, so I used an Exacto knife to apply the glue for greater precision – and because I’m a perfectionist: there would be no sticky residue on this feline! The assembly instructions were excellent: the 17 pieces fit together almost perfectly (thank God for the art tools to conceal my mistakes!).
Many hours went into this project, mostly in customization. But I am thrilled with the final result. I’ve already got a request for my next paper craft masterpiece!
Your Paper Sculpture Diva,
Ask questions about this sculpture or, if you would like to commission one, Donna is ready for orders! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
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