- Cutting — single or multiple cuts
- Folding — (check out what you can do simply by folding… http://www.graficaobscura.com/fold/page001.html)
- Curling — use long, thin strips of paper to make spirals and reverse spirals
- Rolling — make cones and tubes
- Bending — change direction without creasing the paper
- Scoring — lightly run scissors across the edge of a ruler to just barely break the surface of the paper for a crisp fold (a paperclip may also be used on lightweight paper), a great way to make folds along a curve
- Layering — glue smaller pieces of paper onto increasingly larger pieces (like a mola)
- Slicing & Joining — cut a slit into wider piece and slide narrower piece into it
- Twisting — hold one end of the paper with your right hand and one with your left hand and twist a little or a lot
- Crumpling — scrunch paper in both hands
- Stuffing — crumple paper and wrap with a second layer of paper
- Crimping — use a special “crimping tool” to make small, uniform waves or folds, similar to corrugated cardboard
Paper Sculpture Inspired by Alexander Calder
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