wet folding & little terrier

These are some dogs I folded a few months ago to try out the wet folding technique. The little terrier is simple enough to fold and in wet folding you can add more expression to the model; I didn’t quite get it in the first model but I enjoyed the little details you can add. As soon as I get myself some free time I’ll do it again!
The paper I used was some scraps of mi-teintes canson I had; any canson like paper is good for this model and this technique, like fabriano paper. The bigger the paper the stiffer it can be and the smaller the less unless you want to do it the hard way.
The model is little terrier of Francisco Javier Caboblanco, such a nice doggie! Since I have found the diagram on the net, I’ll share it here too. Unless I’m told to remove it because of copyright issues.

little terrier in canson mi-teintes

little terrier in canson mi-teintes

Quick resume of the wet folding technique
You’ll need a base to humidify the paper, a sprayer with clean water, a clean sponge or towel (whatever works best for you; I use a small towel), the paper. It helps if you had already folded the model or have studied the diagram; when wet folding you need to be fast or you’ll end up with a paper too dry to fold or you’ll damp the paper too much because you keep spraying it.
I cut the squares first because I don’t damp the paper limits that much but you may damp the paper first and cut the squares after that. To damp the paper you spray it evenly with the water; after that you’ll pass the towel or the sponge. This spreads the water evenly and absorbs the excess water. If the paper is too big or too stiff/ heavy you may turn the sheet over and repeat but with less water.
You now have a dampened paper that feels weird to fold: congratulations! You just have to remind yourself that when wet folding you use your fingers and don’t press much. Don’t use your nails and don’t drag your fingers/nails to crease the fold! The objective is to have a model that is life like and creased fold marls wipe that way.

If you are folding little terrier, now you fold the faster and the more accurate you know and you’ll end up shaping the torso, ears and tail of the dog. Experiment a lot and have fun. If you end up with something that doesn’t resemble a dog, well that happens! The next one will be more appealing! You may want to use something to keep the dog shape (like springs or paper clips) until it dries. After dried it keeps its shape for quite a long time, I’ve heard that for years but I can’t guarantee that.

You may also want to try ranoshi by David Derudas; I read that it’s an appropriate model for wet folding. Last time I checked his site it was remodelling and the model was nowhere to be found but keep trying and may find it on-line somewhere. Also, feel free to search around about the wet folding technique: you’ll find more and better explanations than mine!
This is also the fist time I used paper as background for the photos. It gives a more live feeling to the dogs than the usual background, in my humble opinion that is.


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