Hi, which paper do you use? I'm searching for a good paper and i can't figure out which one is the best to build papercraft models. Glossy? Matte? Textured? Photo paper? Could you give me a little help? >.< (Sorry for my english, my native language is portuguese) Thank you!
I always use 200 gsm ("grams per square meter") paper, which is about 2.5 times as thick as regular printer paper (which is about 75-80 gsm).
But other people often use thinner paper, like 120 or 160 gsm, or sometimes just regular printer paper. And sometimes people use different thicknesses for the same model.
I don't use any special glossy, textured or photopaper, but again, some people do use glossy or photopaper.
So what paper you should use is really a personal choice. Many people start with regular 120 or 160 gsm paper, and if it gives them good result, they keep using it. ;o) Or sometimes for a very special paper model, they do use special glossy or photopaper.
Sometimes I use printable transparant sheets to make windows or windscreens for for example, or "metallic" cardstock for a shiny, silver looking piece. And one time I made a ghost with "glow-in-the" dark sheets (they were A4 size sticker sheets).
But really the short answer is: there is no right or wrong in choosing the paper. I do recommend using thicker paper because the paper model will be stronger, and like I said, most people start with 120 or 160 gsm and they like it very much. ;o)
I hope you will be able to find a paper type that you will like using, have fun papercrafting!
No problem, many people ask that question but it is really a personal choice (don't make it difficult for yourself by trying to get a special brand of paper that you have to order from far away, but try to find some that you can easily get near where you live in a department store or office supply store where you buy your regular paper too).
Thank you for the compliment, I'm happy that you like my papercraft works! ;o)
Sorry to bother you, but if you don't mind, i would like your help >,<. The ink is fading from my papercrafts, black turning into brown, white turning into something like a pink mixed with white, whatever... The real problem is that the papercrafts are becoming ugly. Is there something i can do about the ink fading from the paper? Obs.: I use Glossy Paper 200gsm. I would be grateful if you could help me. Thank you!
I'm afraid I'm not very knowledgeable about things like this, the only tip I really do know is not to put your papercraft models in direct sunlight (that will definitely fade the colours over time!)
Sometimes you can read from people who do use sprays to protect their paper models, from accidental drops of water, but there are also sprays that protect against UV fading from sunlight. Sprays like that are also used for paintings for example.
Maybe you can try for looking for something like that? If it is because of the sun that the colours are fading of course...? If you do want to try a spray to protect your paper models though, try it out on a simple, "scrap" model first! That way i fyou accidentally spray to much or too close, you won't ruin a model you're very proud of and worked on very hard...! ;o)
I hope you can find a good solution, like I said, in any case try to keep you paper models out of the sun...!
I just joined Devianart. You're the creator of this? Great! I am in the process of making this for my daughter. I don't have a color printer so I am using your templates and using colored papers. This is really a great creation. Thanks.
I used the Alice from the old American McGee's Alice game from 2000 for this one, because it's an old game, it should be really cheap now if you can still find it. I think on the PS3 and the Xbox 360 you can also get it as a download with the new game Alice: Madness Returns.
To make the papercraft model, I unfolded a digital 3D model with Pepakura Designer into 2D parts; but to build it yourself, you can simply download the read-made parts and instructions from my papercraft webpage: [link]
The "regular" version is about 25 cm tall (although somebody scaled it up to 3,5 m for and repainted it to the classic Alice once ;o)
Most parts aren't very difficult, but the hands and fingers are quite small which many people find hard to work with.
It becomes a lot easier if you pre-shape those parts around a toothpick first (see this video: [link]) but because of those parts I think i'd give it a 7 or 8 out of 10 (maybe more or less depending on each person of course ;o)
The kind of paper people use is really just a personal choice.
Some people use regular printer paper, but I like to use 200 gsm (200 grams per square meter, which is about 2.5 times as thick as regular printer paper).
Thicker paper makes the final model sturdier, a lot of people use something in between like 120-160 gsm.
Yamaha has a good video tutorial explaining basic papercraft techniques like scoring and folding and curving (pre-shaping), so be sure to check it out. ;o)
Other than that, the best advice I can give is to take your time, if you're getting bored simply take a break and put the parts and sheets in a safe place so you can go on where you left off whenever you feel like it again: the important thing is to have fun! ;o)