Well, Well

Five years ago I bumped into a friend that I hadn’t seen in a while. Unbeknownst to me, he had been dealing with some health issues, but was now better. Having missed my chance to send him a get-well card, I designed him a got-well card. So that I wouldn’t misplace the template I created I stored it as a blog post https://bookzoompa.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/got-well/ then pretty much forgot about it.

This weekend I wanted to write a couple of cards, and went looking for that template.

PDF Template for a Got Well pop-up card click this link

I was just learning Adobe Illustrator back then (one of my best decisions) so I hadn’t figured out how to print designs on the well. Now I am feeling like it’s charming to sit and draw in the colors for the well.

Fancy Well

In the morning, sitting with my husband, sipping coffee, it’s pleasant to have something to color.

I assembled two of these this weekend: one as a get-well card, the other as a bit of fan mail, telling someone how much I’ve been enjoying their work.

Taking a page from my own play book, the lettering on the front was done by looking at a font that I’ve been using in a project that I’m doing with students.

I don’t know the name of this font, but it came from this awesome resource, found at https://archive.org/stream/studio00welo#page/204/mode/2up which is worth looking at and downloading.

I didn’t trace the letters, instead I just looked at them, free-hand sketched then went over them with gel pens. The strip below the lettering is part of the mechanism that makes the well 3D when the card opens.

Now comes the hard part…getting them in the envelopes, addressing them and sending them off. If I do this right now I may be able to get them into the mailbox before the mailman comes. Outta here!

Oh, in case you missed it, here’s the link to the post that explains how to assemble the pieces of this card. https://bookzoompa.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/got-well/

How-to · pop-up

The Simple Pop-up House, decorated

The Simple House Pop-Up
The Simple House Pop-Up

My last post (if you learn and teach only one pop-up, let it be this one!) provided a page on how to make this pop-up. The goal of this post  is to show off some of the ways that this cut-and-fold shape can be embellished. All the the work shown below is done by kindergarten students.  The card above is the one that I present to students before they get to work. After introducing the project we have a discussion about other ways to interpret the shape. There’s never any shortage of ideas.

Pop-up Bridge
Pop-up Bridge

Here’s the pop-up as a bridge, no doubt one of those great bridges going over the Hudson river.


Then there’s the Rocket Ship interpretation….


…as well as other ideas about flying.

Butterfly on a pop-up

This butterfly in the pop-up house is a bit hard to see, but I really love the writing that this kindergarten artist added to her work.

The pop-up as arm shields

Here are a couple of ingenious young Jedis who have realized that their pop-ups are completely functional arm shields.


Here’s the house as a crown. One thing that might be interesting (or annoying, depending on your mind-set) to note is that it’s likely you would be right if you tried to guess the gender of each of the children whose work I’m showcasing.

Michael's pop-up

Lot of energy here! This child is quite an active kid, and all that movement got focused into this card.


I’m not quite sure how the pop-up inspired this dinosaur drawing…though I do see that the scales on the dino’s back echo the cut shape. Whatever…it works for me.

pop=up house

Of course, many students make home sweet home, often with mom, dad, siblings and a cat. Then there are the barn and cows interpretations, sometimes the shape becomes a pencil or a dog house, a bee hive, or an ocean wave.

One thing to keep in mind when teaching students is that somewhere along the line in school they will be faced with learning about lines of symmetry. Pop-ups like this one are a great hands-on activity to teach the concept of lines of symmetry.

My last post featured the colored tutorial page for this structure. Here’ s the same page, uncolored:

Black and White Simple House Pop-up by Paula Beardell Krieg
Black and White Simple House Pop-up by Paula Beardell Krieg

Hopefully you’ll color this one in yourself.

If you are interested here are links to a couple more of my posts about pop-ups:

A Nod to Making Pop-Ups   Giving you the World

How-to · pop-up

Pop-up House: If you learn and teach only one pop-up, let it be this one!

pop-up House tutorial by Paula Beardell Krieg
Pop-up House tutorial
by Paula B Krieg

Here’s a tutorial page on what I consider to be the absolutely hands-down best first pop-up to teach to students of any age: the Pop-Up House.

Sometimes I will work with a class of kindergarten students just once, so I try to teach these youngsters something that they can do not only when I am there guiding them, but, also something that they can do on their own. This little house shape fits the bill exactly.

Here are the challenges with very young: it’s important that, when folding the paper in half that the crease is sharp, meaning that it is folded really well. It’s great if the paper is folded evenly, but that part is less important than the tightness of the crease.  Sometimes I will pre-fold the paper for young students, but I seem to do that less and less. If I have the time,  it’s worth slowing down to teach these kids how to make a good, even fold. Many five-year-old aren’t ready to notice or care how evenly the paper is folded, but some of the students are ready, and it’s really fun to see them work carefully and successfully.

Although this is a house shape there seems to be no end to the different ways children embellish their handiwork: it’s a crown, a rocket ship, the back of a dinosaur. Next post here will be a sampling of some of the many ways young people play with this structure.

One last thought for now: I generally don’t do much teaching around the holidays, but it seems to me that this could be a great idea for holiday card. Decorate the house with lights. Maybe someone is on the roof, or there’s something special in the night sky. Or the family is gathered at the house, there could be candles in the windows. Lots of ways to go with this.


Got Well

A couple of days ago I bumped into a friend, whom I had not seen for a while. He apologized for having been out of touch . He then went on to explain that, no big deal, but he had gone to the doctor for a check up and the doctor freaked out and immediately ordered life-saving surgery.  As I didn’t know he was laid up , I had missed my chance to send him a Get Well card. so I’d decided to send him a Got Well card.

My friend didn’t know it, but I have been out of touch too,, but for much less dramatic reasons. I blame my utter distraction on our new puppy….and my determination to finally learn Adobe Illustrator.  I bought the program and the book, and, as well as looking at tutorials on You Tube, I have been working through the book, page by page. I am on page 125 out of 446 pages. A big part of the reason I want to learn the program is so that it will be easier to create the tutorial pages I make for this blog. Up until now I have been doing them with only a scanner in Microsoft Word on an old XP computer.

Paul Jackson pop-up book pg 88-9
The Pop-Up Book, by Paul Jackson, Pages 88-89

Since I would be making a Got Well card I decided I wanted a Well on the inside of the card. I am not a great pop-up engineer, but I can follow directions. I depend on my library of pop-up books when I want to do something different. I found just what I wanted in Paul Jackson’s Pop-up Book.

I also wanted to try out some of my new Adobe illustrator skills. Here’s what I came up with.

Template for a Got Well pop-up card




Tab sliding through the slot, inside of card
Tab sliding through slot, outside of card
Tab, folded and glued down

Once the tab is slid through, it is folded and glued down.

An extra guide for my slider tab

I should have been done with the card with those few steps. but my Well opened a bit crooked, so I cut in a couple of extra slots for my tab to weave through. This straightened things out just fine.

Got Well, Keep Well

That’s it! Now I have to get back to learning this Adobe Illustrator program. I will be trying out the things that I am figuring out, so there might be an uneven abundance of computer generated images coming through my pipeline for now, as the only way I will learn these skills is to try them out. This is a learning curve that I am so ready for.

ADDENDUM (five years later)….made some more of these, a bit more colorful, with writing on the front: