I used cardboard to make this art piece. Look at the pictures and view the image notes to see how it was constructed.
Step 1: First, Sketch the Beast!
I made a rough drawing of what I wanted my dragon to look like. From here, a trial piece was made, mainly with construction paper.
Step 2: Cut Main Pieces Out of Cardboard
The largest piece is cut from cardboard. Several other parts are also formed from cardboard, with paper being used for the remaining elements. Using cardboard allows for more dimensional variations.
Step 3: Cutting Individual Pieces From Paper
I free-handed all the parts shown, based on other dragons I have seen...I used a composite technique to form all the parts as shown. When cutting pieces from paper, put two pieces together, draw the outline of your part, and cut once to get two pieces. All cardboard is then painted with acrylic paints. I chose to make a green dragon, but think red and gold would be a good choice too.
Step 4: Glue All Parts Together
Self explanatory, all parts are glued together with a water based PVA. Gorilla glue goes good!
Step 5: Make a Mount Out of Cardboard
Mark out a large circle on a piece of cardboard. I use the bandsaw as the primary tool for cutting cardboard. Paint in the color of your choice, I found that black sets off the dragon. Hmmmm.....red might have worked as well.
Step 6: Check My Other Instructables for Minute Details.
1. Make Fun Masks Out Of Cardboard
2. A 3-D Gorilla Made Of Cardboard.
3. Make Cardboard Signs.
These instructables can be found by simply typing Creativeman into the search box (or the ible name). Yes, I know there is a link function, but it doesn't work with my computer for whatever reason.