DIY – How to Make a Geometric Woven Paper Picture. How-to, step-by-step tutorial. Make a geometric print by weaving strips of cardboard and paper. It’s quite simple as long as the strips are as straight as possible and you have the patience!
You will need:
- Frame. Mine was from an op shop. I didn’t realise at the time, but this frame had special non-reflective glass in it. Find one with it if you can. Remove any prints, clean and if you want, spray the frame. I liked the original look of mine, so I left it.
- Papers. 3 different colours. Mix and Match the textures and sizes too – anything up to thin cardboard is suitable to use. I used a large poster cardboard (grey), and A4 sized paper (shiny metallic bronze and textured light aqua). Plus allow for one thicker piece at least the size of the frame – this will be your backing sheet.
- Paper Guillotine, Slicer or Scissors. To ensure a neat final effect, try to cut the slices as straight as possible. I used a slicer, but scissors would be fine to use.
- Ruler & Pencil. For measuring and marking out.
- Washi tape. Helps when you are starting the weaving process to keep the strips together, without being too sticky, so you can re-position if you need to.
- Workspace. Allow a clean workable space and as it may be a project undertaken over a few days, someplace it can be left undisturbed if you have room.
How to :
- Slice all your papers into 3cm strips. You could use smaller or larger, depending on the final look you want and how much time you have to complete it. The pictures with the weaving in progress were made with 1cm strips (same colours).
- Start with 4 or 5 ‘upright’ strips (grey in the picture). Stick these down to your table across the top with a little washi tape. It helps while starting the weaving.
- Follow the over 1, under 2 weave through the uprights with one colour (slanting diagonally UP) and
- Over 2, under 1 weave through the uprights with the other colour (slanting diagonally DOWN).
- Perhaps there is a particular order and logical way to weave this pattern, however I found it easier to look closely at the pattern. Lift and bend the paper to suit.
- At first it may seem a little confusing. Keep going and you will eventually see the pattern forming and from then it becomes easier. Keep it neat, but don’t worry too much about getting exactly right – you can do this later.
- As you continue to weave, add more uprights. If you try to add too many at once though, it may become confusing again. Just one or two at a time.
- If you run out of length of the strips (which will happen for a large piece if you’ve used A4 size paper) as you continue to work across from left to right, just add another strip by using a small amount of tape and attach it behind.
- Continue until you have enough weaving pattern to fit your frame. Consider if you want to center it also, so in that case you may need to add a few more strips.
- Lightly tape around all the edges and now you can fiddle getting it ‘just so’.
- When you are completely happy with it ….”Measure Twice, Cut Once” … Place some stronger masking tape around all the edges and trim around the outside of the tape (keeping the weave secure). Be sure to keep the tape hidden under the outside frame, so consider the thickness of the frame and tape also.
- The underside can be quite messy, so this is where the backing sheet comes in. Trim the sheet to fit the full size of the frame. I used the grey as it was a thicker sheet and helped blend from the front also. The backing sheet protects any strips from catching and tearing and finishes it neatly.
- The frame I used had fold down metal clamps, so they were bent down and
This project cost about $10 – $15 in materials. Whilst time consuming, it was somewhat therapeutic and a relaxing project to do overall. Take your time and Have Fun!
Please note, as I am in Australia, metric is used.
3cm is about 11/4 inches. A4 paper is roughly the equivalent of letter (paper) size.