This is what your template will look like (see above). Its sort of a pattern.
You can use your regular home printer. You don`t need anything fancy or color ink since the color comes from the color of your paper.
Paper for your paper model
Use any kind of paper you want. If you want a model that will be a bit more solid, use card stock (thicker paper). I like to use 65 lb to 80 lb for 'regular' models up to about 35-45 inch high . For our Xtra large ones, anywhere from 100 to 130 lb should do the trick.
The color of your paper will determine the color of the model. For different results, use different color paper/card stock. You can also use white and spray paint the parts to add color. This is what we do for our black paper models since you usually cannot print on black paper.
1- First things first, get/download a template
You can download one from here:
2- Next step, print your template
. Now that you have a pdf template, you will need to print the 'pattern'/template on card stock paper.
For Paper models: You can choose the color paper of your choice. Please look at the pages before printing as it may give you hints about which color would work better and such. For the thickness of paper you want to use, we recommend carstock from 65 lb to 80 lb for 'regular' models up to about 35-45 inch high . For our Xtra large ones, anywhere from 100 to 130 lb should do the trick.
For Wood models: Depending on the size of the template, you may need to use the ‘poster’ setting of your home printer. For example, our printer’s biggest size prints ‘legal paper’ so 8.5 by 14 inches. When we use an A2 paper size template, we divide our A2 in 4 8.5 x 11 inch and assemble our template to final A2 size ‘poster’.
For Fabric models: All our patterns are made to be easily printed at home on your home computer. Normally we print ours on letter size or A4 paper. If you have a bigger printer, you can scale the digital file to print on A3 or even A2 paper size. You can print on any kind of paper since you will then use this to cut out the pieces in your fabric. A neat idea is to print on wax paper so that you can simply iron on to your fabric (wax side to wrong side of fabric) and sew right onto the paper. You can remove the paper after.
Follow you printer instructions to scale down or up your digital template. Most of our templates are high resolution so they can stay nice and clear on what ever size paper you use. This also means that you need to select the 'shrink over size pages' function in your printer's dialogue box (and unclick the paper source by pdf page size, although this matters less) .
Here is an example, however keep in mind yours may look slighlty different