As a pop-up book maker novice, I’m probably amazed by the simplest of tricks.
Take this one exercise from The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volume I:
Essentially, you are drawing the same shape in 2D space, but not when all is cut and folded in 3D space.
With that guiding principle, I started to successfully and unsuccessfully experiment with other forms of the same idea.
After my first cut, I thought, “wow, this could make some really great trees,” which spawned the rest. This is my favorite part– when no ideas are wrong.
More updates as I start making real popup books!