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The Art and Craft of Papier Mache Paperback – April 1, 1995

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From School Library Journal

YA-- Attractive color photographs are coupled with step-by-step diagrams in this beautiful book that not only demonstrates dozens of papier mache craft projects, but also introduces the artistic work of professionals as inspiration and art resource. A brief history of papier mache, including a variety of contemporary ethnic traditions as well as a basic outline of techniques and inexpensive materials, enhances the wide-ranging projects such as jewelry, masks, vases, and sculptured forms for beginners as well as advanced students. Going far beyond the average craft book, this is a welcome addition or replacement for outdated materials in arts and crafts collections. --Mary T. Gerrity, Queen Anne School, Upper Marlboro, MD
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Juliet Bawden is the author of numerous successful craft and children's books. A former fashion and textile designer, she has presented and contributed to craft programs on both radio and television, in addition to working as a freelance journalist. She lives in England.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Reissue edition (April 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081180805X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811808057
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,373,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Angel Lee HALL OF FAME on June 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book that teaches you everything you need to know about making papier mache objects. Throughout the book you find many full-color photos of beautiful and unique artwork.
The book starts out with a brief history of papier mache as well as discussion of modern folk art practices. Then equipment and supplies, including choosing a mold, are covered. Several techniques including pulp making, covering a mold, using a wire armature, forming a plaster mold, creating a lino print, using a gesso base and adding a rim, handle or spout are explained. Instructions are step-by-step and include simple illustrations.
The techniques are then used in the projects. The projects include a box with lid, frame, plaque, bangle bracelet, hat, carnival mask, doll and figure. The projects are not "do exactly as I do". There are no templates and such. They simply give you basics of construction and allow you to add your own personality and creativity to the artwork.
Conveniently, there is a glossary and index as well as a list of addresses for all of the artists (most are British) in the back. If you are looking for great easy-to-follow instructions and lots inspiration this is the book for you.
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After picking up this book I became enthralled with papier mache. (BTW, Angel wrote a very accurate review!) This book touches on a variety of techniques for both small and large papier mache objects. The supplies needed are listed clearly, the photographs of the project representing each technique are inspiring, and the instructions are easy to follow while still allowing for experimentation and personal expression. This is just an awesome book!
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See my review of "Papier Mache Style" by Alex MacCormick with photos by Michael Harvey as a comparison for this book "The Art and Craft of Papier Mache" which approaches the medium differently in terms of the book's design and typography. It has beautiful illustrations of artworks and craft items, including a commentary approach to explain how they were created. I gave the book 5 stars because I find it inspiring for both its projects and basic information on the versatility of papier mache. It's just I feel too much attention was paid to the "fanciness" of the book itself (think typograhy, layout, etc.) rather than on the subjects of the book. It's got some fantastic ideas well worth the purchase. And it is complementary to "Papier Mache Style." I would encourage you to have both but if I could only get one, I would choose "Papier Mache Style" as the first.
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Beautiful examples, very clear instructions with drawings of the steps. First 66 pages are all on techniques. The rest gets into actual things to make like bowls, frames, jewelry etc. Quite an inspiration.
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Great book!
I love the pictures, especially pages 128 &129 of the life size paper mache people. They are awesome!
The recipe for pulp is the best I have ever used.
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This is truly an inspirational AND instructive book. It reads as if the author is right there with the reader, guiding and advising at every step. Beautifully and generously illustrated, the book will stir one's imagination to try making many of the projects or variations of them. Buy this book - you will treasure it!
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I love Juliet Bawden's books. I have the two applique books, and they are so inspiring - I look through them frequently. This book has some great ideas - and is less a how to, than a "look what you can do." I have some good how-to books, but this is where I go to be inspired.
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Encountered this book in my local library and knew I wanted my own copy. It offers instruction and wonderful photos...almost a coffee table book in that respect. It gave history, methods and modes, and I am very glad I purchased it.
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