I was hoping to move on from paper soon but I made the mistake of borrowing a book from the library called “The Encyclopedia of Origami and Papercraft Techniques”. (It’s a good overview and great for inspiration but it’s not what I would call encyclopaedic.) One of the pictures in the section about paper-weaving looked intriguing so I thought I’d have a go (see photo). All you need is scissors, glue and two sheets of paper of the same size but different colours. You then cut one sheet of paper into horizontal strips and one into vertical strips. You can make the strips as wiggly as you like. I found it helpful to draw the cut-lines on first. My sheets of paper were quite thin so I was able to see the cut-lines on the first sheet when I put the second sheet on top. In this way I was able to make the lines on the two sheets match up somewhat. However, I don’t think this is essential to making an interesting design.
I felt that I could have achieved the same effect by drawing the lines on one sheet of paper to create a wiggly grid and then painting alternate squares in different colours. This is the kind of thing people do when they are doodling. I guess one could make more interesting effects by using patterned paper but I felt that there must be a more sophisticated way to use this technique. I googled for images on paper-weaving and found this amazing blog. Wow! Oh dear, oh dear, I can feel another paper-crafting binge coming on. I must resist. 😀