January 6, 2012

a chinese dragon made out of paper

Yes, you did read right! A Chinese Dragon made out of paper and all you need is some A4 paper, a printer, a pair of scissors, a blade/cutter and a lot of patience for gluing pieces of paper together. I used a coloured laser printed on 80gsm A4 paper because I ran out of matte photo paper which was recommended. Besides, the colour on the laser printer was sharper and popped out more compared to my ol' Canon inkjet.

With Chinese New Year around the corner, I’ve been attempting to piece together { this design } of a Chinese Dragon in the last two weeks, hopefully in time to present it to the family in about two weeks. Now on attempt #4, I’m hoping it’ll actually look like a grand dragon because I accidentally glued the tail end of the belly to it's neck in my last attempt so it kind of looked like it was doing some zen like yoga.

So, why a Chinese Dragon? Here is Canon's description and I'm loving the "wealth" part *LOL!* ...
The Chinese dragon is a spiritual beast; a mythical creature with a long, snakelike body and sharp talons. Its image differs slightly to that of the Western dragon, being considered a sacred creature: a god that reigns over direction. In China, it is also used to symbolize the power of the emperor. The Chinese dragon is believed to control the weather, being responsible for causing tempests, lightning, and tornadoes. In its hand it holds a flaming pearl, thought to be harbinger of fortune and good luck. Feng Shui principles state that if you place a dragon ornament in the southeast corner of a building with a container of water, a dragon will come down to drink the water, improving your fortune in business and causing trade to flourish. Also a symbol of strength, the dragon is said to invite all kinds of luck. Leaving a dragon at the entrance to a building, on the right as you enter a room, or in the north corner is said to increase your luck in terms of wealth and love.
It does take a lot of practice, patience and maneuverability with a really sharp pair of scissors on paper but the feeling of satisfaction when you’re done is absolutely worth it. I’m done gluing the tiny bits and pieces of the head now and I’ll be attempting the body later this evening. Wish me luck!

Oh, here’s the best part … you can download the design free { } from Canon Creative Park. They’ve got tons of other cool things you can download, cut up and glue together ... check out the Saint Basil Cathedral model too (yes, you read that right too!) and drool.