Synopses & Reviews
Paper is the perfect material for all kinds of arts and crafts. In this book of 50 projects, Helen Hiebert offers an accessible guide to turning a flat sheet of paper into useful and beautiful art. She explores decorative paper techniques like marbling, stamping, and stenciling, and then delves deeper, presenting 12 different dimensional techniques like origami, cutting, folding, quilling, stretching, weaving, and pop-ups for creating dozens of projects. Each section of the book provides a history of the technique, an overview of the process, several how-to projects culled from Hiebert's own studio as well as the studios of some of the leading contemporary paper artists, and a gallery of works to show the technique's range of possibilities. Hiebert suggests a unique paper for each project and describe the qualities that make it suitable for the particular technique, as well as practical information on tools, materials, and where to purchase papers.
The Big Book of Paper Arts includes an overview of the history of hand-papermaking as well stories that highlight interesting paper arts and endeavors including Japanese balloon bombs of WWII; paper wallets made from banana fiber in Micronesia; and a nonprofit organization that sells origami ornaments to bring clean water to those who need it. Filled with inspiring projects, this book hits the nexus of design and art for people who love working with their hands to make something unique.
Paper artist and teacher Helen Hiebert compiles a one-of-kind collection of 40 unique projects, each using just one sheet of paper. Combining decorative paper techniques like marbling, stamping, and stenciling with dimensional techniques like origami, cutting, folding, quilling, stretching, weaving, and pop-ups, The Art of Papercraft offers a rich variety of projects that will delight crafters, artists, and designers alike, including paper votive lights, pop-up cards, folded paper gift boxes and envelopes, woven paper wall hangings, miniature one-sheet books, and much more. Every project is beautifully photographed and accompanied by step-by-step visual instructions. Guidance on selecting tools, materials, and paper selection; in-depth technique instructions; and profiles of contributing paper artists make this a rich and practical celebration of papercraft.