Advanced Papercraft Techniques: Designing with Paper

A course by Diana Beltran Herrera
Industrial designer. Bristol, United Kingdom.
On Domestika since 10/18/2017
, Industrial designer

Explore the possibilities of paper by transforming designs into volumetric shapes

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (157)
  • 2668 students
Advanced Papercraft Techniques: Designing with Paper

Explore the possibilities of paper by transforming designs into volumetric shapes

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (157)
  • 2668 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Intermediate
  • 19 Lessons (3h 29m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
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The use that Diana Beltrán -designer and paper sculptor who has worked for James Cropper, Hodder and Stoughton, Marina Rinaldi and many other international clients- makes of materials, makes anyone forget that their main element of work is paper.

In this course you will learn to explore new ways of working with paper. Through simple exercises that combine the manual with the digital, you will discover how to model this material so cheap and easy to find, transforming designs in two dimensions into incredible compositions created from volumetric shapes.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Hello welcome!
  • U2
    U2. Building the idea
  • U3
    U3. Preliminary techniques
  • U4
    U4. Let's do it!
  • U5
    U5. Let's build our cover
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will begin by knowing the work of Diana Beltrán Herrera, her influences and which are the works and artists that inspire her the most when creating her own work.

Next, I will explain how to document to find references that will be very useful to create your design. Diana focuses much of her work on birds and nature, so the piece she will teach you to do will be related to flora and fauna. When you have your images folder, you will import them into Illustrator, where you will design the first sketch of your final project.

Once you have clear what your design will be, you will get to work. Diana will explain how to cut the pieces and use the glue. You will use watercolors and other paint materials to create the elements that will make up your design.

Afterwards, you will enter fully into the creation of the main volumetric element of your design. You will see how to create the main structure (in this case, a bird) using paper and how to assemble each of the parts that you will create separately. You will learn to dress your bird's skeleton with paper feathers and add your eyes and beak.

When you have created the figure in three dimensions you will go on to create typography, also with paper. You will have all the elements on the background, placing the decorative elements and Diana will give you some advice on how to get the best results when working with paper compositions.

What is this course's project?

Combining digital and manual techniques, you will create a graphic piece with bi and three-dimensional elements that you will place as a set design to create the cover of a book, poster or magazine.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Designers, illustrators and anyone interested in exploring the possibilities of a material as seemingly simple as paper, to incorporate it into their creations in an unexpected way.

What you need

It is not necessary to have previous knowledge. You will only need to have some skill with the hands and basic notions of Illustrator to make the initial composition.

With regard to materials, you will need different colored paper (Diana recommends the Canson brand for its rigidity) or cardboard, liquid silicone or glue, precision scalpel with fine tip, cutting surface, fine-tipped scissors, a ruler, pencil, eraser, masking tape and paints. You will also need a computer with Illustrator and a printer.


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Diana Beltran Herrera

A course by Diana Beltran Herrera

Industrial designer

After graduating as an industrial designer at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogotá, Diana decided to explore the design from a more experimental perspective, studying the different qualities of cheap and ordinary materials such as paper and cardboard and developing simple ways to transform them and give them a new value and use.

Nature and animals are very present in the work of Diana Beltrán, who explores her thoroughly through the papercraft.

His works have been exhibited in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States, where he has participated in collective and individual exhibitions. In addition, he has worked for international clients in editorial design projects, advertising, window dressing, events and interior design, among others, working for 215mmcann, Olivari Olive Oil, Volevatch, Longwood Gardens US, ENI, Marina Rinaldi, Lebeau-Courally, James Cropper UK, Hodder and Stoughton UK, Horse Mag, On Investing Magazine, Libertine Lindenberg Hotel, Restaurant Auberge de l'Ill, Mercedes Salazar or UH Hospitals USA.


  • U1

    Hello welcome!

    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Building the idea

    • materials
    • Start of the idea: referents and drawing
    • Cover design
  • U3

    Preliminary techniques

    • How to cut and paste
    • How do I use watercolors
    • Structures with wire
  • U4

    Let's do it!

    • Sort and Crop 1
    • Sort and Crop 2
    • We are going to make skeleton and legs of our bird
    • We paste tail and wings
    • We stick feathers, beak and eyes 1
    • We stick feathers, beak and eyes 2
    • We stick feathers, beak and eyes 3
  • U5

    Let's build our cover

    • We'll start with the background and the lettering
    • The decoration
    • We posed the bird
    • Final recommendations
  • FP

    Final project

    • Advanced papercraft techniques: designing with paper

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Advanced Papercraft Techniques: Designing with Paper. A Craft course by Diana Beltran Herrera

Advanced Papercraft Techniques: Designing with Paper

A course by Diana Beltran Herrera
Industrial designer. Bristol, United Kingdom.
On Domestika since 10/18/2017
  • 100% Positive reviews (157)
  • 2668 students