In this project, you will learn the steps to turn a single sheet of paper (or cardboard) into a light-modulating piece of art.

"What does a light modulator do exactly!?" You may ask. A light modulator is a sculpture of sorts that is meant to create an interesting pattern of shadows. Modulators make great lamp shades or they can be put on a sunny window to create strange shadows throughout the day.

You don't necessarily need to make your modulator exactly like this one either. The key is to make the modulator relatively intricate so that more light may pass through it to create interesting shadows. Try experimenting with other shapes!

- Stong paper or thin board (Bristol Board is perfect!)
- Straight-edge
- Pencil
- Red pencil
- Steel straight-edge
- X-Acto knife
- Light Source

Optional Tools
- T-square
- Drafting triangle
- Clear tape

Step 1: Grid Your Paper

Using a straight-edge, create a grid across one entire side of the paper. I chose to use "bristol board" because it is a stronger paper that will hold its shape better after being cut.

The grid can be any size you would like, mine was comprised of .25" squares. It also is much quicker and easier to create the grid using a T-square and a triangle, but it is not necessary. Maybe try making a grid that has variations in size for an even more abstract look!
Such a simple and cool idea! I suggest trying this with some foil gift-wrap to make the inside surface more reflective.

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