Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm EST
Richard Ellison
Kathleen Sheridan
Richard Ellison

In this class Richard will use wetfolding to enhance his complex model to make it more full of life.

Richard notes that the beaver, who chews down trees for the construction of dams and lodges, is a symbol of industriousness. In this session we will fold his likeness. His stout, flexible body makes him a good candidate for a particular type of animal design, featuring a closed back and soft, wet-folded lines. This design involves a short sequence of spread squashes and closed sinks, putting it at the complex folding level. By speeding the drying process with a hair dryer, we should be able to get to a final product within the two hours allotted.


Required: 1 square of thick paper, 8”-10” on a side, 90-120 gsm;
Small bowl of plain water;
Paper towels;
6 mini clothespins (or binder clips, or other such miniature clamp);
Sticky tape (masking or painter’s recommended).

Optional, but recommended: Hair dryer, atomizer spray bottle, tool with a small, rounded tip (e.g. embossing tool, knitting needle or retracted mechanical pencil), bone folder.

Further notes on paper: A 6” square will work for those who like to fold in miniature. Tant paper, at 78 gsm, is a bit thin for wet folding, but can work at smaller sizes (6”-8”). I have successfully folded this from a 10” square cut from a paper grocery sack, which is a type of thick kraft paper. Foil paper will work in lieu of wet folding, but the spread squashes will be difficult to perform neatly.