Pop-Up Templates

I made templates for each of the four scenes I created. I printed them off and cut & glued the pieces together by hand. The front and back cover was also created by hand. It takes a day to make one of the books!

This is the marker for the Doctor Panda first aid instruction video:

Once I publish my Junaio App, everyone will be able to print off this marker and scan the image with their device and watch the augmented reality I created ūüôā

Character Beauty Shots

I rendered some beauty shots of my main origami characters and origami cube characters from 3D Studio Max:

Exhibition Show

The exhibition was a great success and really fun! The show was held on the 14th June in the London Street Gallery in Derry/Londonderry. It will also be running from Monday 17th to Thursday 20th with free admission. (10am to 4pm) Come check it out!

Here’s a link to the London Street Gallery: http://www.londonstreetgallery.org/off-the-cuff.html

Here are some of the pictures I took of the exhibition:

 

Some close-ups of my origami pop-up book:

 

I covered a whole sofa with my stuff whilst getting my exhibition ready:

Printing

As I was experimenting with pop-up sizes, I was using a printing service to print the large documents – Foyle Press Ltd. Link: http://www.foylepress.com/

Foyle Press Ltd

The company only prints as big as A3¬†for white sheets so I had to print two A3¬†sheets to make the A2¬†pop-up size (it only costed me 3 euro though!).¬†However, I do plan on printing on a large sheet, possibly A2/A1 so I’ll need to find a printing company that will do this.

The company was able to provide 250 gsm¬†white paper which is what I decided to print on. It worked well. They did have 300 gsm, but it would be too thick. I bought 290 gsm paper for home use and it didn’t even fit through my printer, I should have checked the manual for my printer!

The company I used also did not print¬†the colours correctly, if you have a look at the background of the larger pop-ups, you can see it is white instead of a baby blue colour which is what I intend. When I print the same file on my printer the background sky is baby blue. Once I find a printing company I’ll have to print a tester (on a smaller sheet for example) to ensure the colours are correct.

Expeimenting Pop-Up Scene Size

I first made the pop-up scene with an A4 sheet, next I tried out an A3 sheet and also an A2 sheet, here are the results:

A3 Sheet РBrighter colour 

I also made the colours brighter to see how it would turn out. I like the ‘pop’ it gives, makes it more appealing to children.

 

 

A2 Sheet

 

 

 

Building My Pop-Up Scene

I printed out my template, cut the shapes out and stuck them in the right places. Before I finalised my template, this is how my pop-up scene was turning out:

I really am happy of how it was coming along. I added in some origami animals and leaves to give it more ‘pop’ with the bright colours. This scene was created using an A4¬†sheet. The size is a quarter of a full circle on an A4 sheet.

Feedback

I showed my supervisor this experiment and they liked it, but he thought it would be better to make the colours brighter and consider¬†actual size I plan on having this pop-up book to be. Another supervisor told me that he thought there was too much colour and he would prefer about only 2/3 colours with different shades of it. He also suggested contrasting the floor and the background and also the pop-up pieces to distinguish them. However, as this piece is aimed towards children I really wanted to add lot’s of colours to appeal to them and it is my style. I plan on making the colours brighter to make it ‘pop’.

My supervisor was also suggesting using heavier paper weights to experiment on the strength and making the fold in flap in the middle stay down, as when you open this piece up, the middle part stays up slightly. What I could do is stick something on the bottom of the piece to keep it down, or at the end of year show I could have the 4 sections stuck down in place with another pop-up book on the side for people to pick up and open up for themselves.

Printing

I need to look for a printing company¬†that prints the best quality and uses a heavy paper weight. I printed A3 sheets with my template and the quality wasn’t that great.

Cutting

My main piece is circular and it’s too difficult to cut the shape perfectly so I will need a circle protractor or something similar to cut the perfect shape. The other parts I will be using scissors/Stanly knife, but I need a method that will cut them perfectly.

Graphics Style Inspiration & Experimenting

At first I tried simple tree designs on illustrator and came up with these:

The designs are simple but I wasn’t happy with them, especially the colours, so I tried a different approach. But I did like the shapes for the tree bush as children aged 4-5 are learning about shapes and circles/squares/triangles are the basic shapes they learn.

I looked at many styles and I really liked the style below:

Vector Tree

It feels free and not constrained, simple, pretty and fun. I thought It was the perfect inspiration for my pop-up book and appealing to children.

Designs

I used Adobe Illustrator to create the shapes and I love how they turned out. I like the composition and use of basic shapes for children to relate to and learn from. Next I had to add colour and I wanted to use a pastel colour palette due to the research on children and colour effects.

I loved the colour choice and I added the squiggle style as influenced by the inspiration image above. One of my supervisors said it reminded them of the solar system.

I started putting the designs together in the format of my circle pop-up piece and using the simple tree shapes I illustrated before, I re-used them and change the colour and style. The clouds were influenced by the Powerpuff Girls style.

I knew I wanted to include a cute little colourful fence so I illustrated the outside lines and coloured them in using Photoshop to experiment and decide on a final palette. I decided to go with the rainbow colours, again teaching children the basics of what they learn during Primary 1. I thought It would be more cute and appealing by making the fence have little animals on them.  

Next I added in the grass and I also included faded out trees in the background to add more depth.

I put the grass and fence on¬†at the same time to see if they would work well together along with the trees. The fence will be a pop-up piece so it won’t be printed on the background.

  I created tree branches to stick onto either sides of the pop-up piece as one of my pop-ups. This piece is important as one of the cube extras will be interacting with it. I designed some bushes too which are pop-ups too.

Final Design Template

I included glue tabs to ensure enough space is provided for the glue and strength to stay in place.

Visual Diary Tree Style

After looking into many different styles to inspire me, I started a few quick sketch ideas in my visual diary:

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I’ve filled up my visual diary with images and sketches, all to inspire me and keep my ideas together, it has helped me a get deal on deciding on my final style.

Acetate Progress

Cutting the Acetate

I started cutting out my tree/leaves from the acetate sheet using scissors and it work well as the sheet is only 0.1mm in thickness. For the final pieces for my project I think I’ll use a Stanly¬†knife for precision, but for now I’m just quickly experimenting.

Clear Plastic Packaging

I think you can get thicker acetate sheets, but this is the thickest the shop had them in. My supervisor also suggested possibly using the clear plastic that is usually used to package toys/boxes and they would be much thicker.

Clear Plastic Packaging

The acetate sheets I have at the moment seem to be strong enough to not flop over when I hold them from the bottom corner. As for the tree trunk, I think I will have to use thick card to support the weight of the acetate.

Shape of the images

I was planning on cutting round the images into a circle, but it didn’t look right and quite bulky, especially when I tried layering the pieces on top of each other. I decided to cut round the leaves roughly to get rid of the extra unnecessary acetate. It worked out much better.

Layering the images & Gluing

I messed about with the pieces to work out which leaves worked best together when layered on top of each other. When I was satisfied it was time to glue them together. But what should I use to glue them because the acetate is clear, so you would be able to see the glue as well.

Note: Gluing on the rough side of the acetate sheet works better as the glue has grip.

Acetate Layers, Cut and Glue

Top Left – I plan on using this piece for sticking on origami flowers and leaves and see if it works well.

Top Right – this is a single layer of acetate, I wanted to see if the image would work well with just one layer, but after testing the layering, I found it more interesting and more dynamic.

Bottom left – First I tried using the 3D transparent Dots I bought yesterday and they are clear, however, you can see it as if it were squishy glue. But the glue dot works really well, it sticks the two pieces of acetate together instantly.

Bottom Right¬†– Next I tried using ‘Anita’s Tacky Glue’ which dries colourless, but you have to wait about 30 minutes for a little dap of the glue to dry colourless. Make sure you leave it alone as it dries or the acetate will shift and the glue will spread.

Anita's Tacky Glue

Solution

I think I will cover up the glue mark with part of the tree trunk/branch or even origami leaves/flowers. I don’t think you can get glue which is clearer than acetate so I plan on covering up the glue.

Note About My Acetate Printing

As I want to practice using acetate I started to place some inspirational rounded tree leaves on a document in Photoshop to print onto an acetate sheet, here is what I decided to print as a test:

Acetate Tree Printing Test

The top two leaves are just origami leaves taken from the internet, copied and pasted into a round shape. The bottom trees are also taken from the internet and scaled up. I want to cut round the leaves forming a circle and I hope to layer the circle acetate pieces together to add more¬†dimension in my pop-up piece. I need to figure out how I will stick them together, put I did buy ‘Stick it! Excel 3D Transparent Dots’ which may be what I just need.

3D Transparent Dots

3D Transparent DotsI love double-sided sticky stuff like this! It has come very handy during my time at university. I plan on using these 6mm dots for sticking my origami leaves and flowers onto my pop up tree.

Printing Test using Acetate

Following the help tips on using the acetate sheet I managed to print on the correct side, the rough side. I also changed the paper type in my printer settings to ‘transparency film’ and hit print. It came out really cool, the only problem is that the acetate sheets I bought today has a peelable glue¬†strip at one end and I ended up printing over it. You can see the problem in the image below. Now I know for next time to change either the position of the sheet or reposition the images away from the edges of the document.

Sorry for the poor quality of the image, I don’t have my good camera at the moment!

Acetate Tree Printing

The effect from using acetate sheets are really cool!

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