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. Volume IX Number 19 . . . . May 23, 2003
The art projects are organized into five categories: folding, cutting, weaving, gluing and papermaking. Familiar crafts, such as making picture frames, woven baskets and silhouette portraits, are included, but the majority of the projects are refreshingly unique. Readers are introduced to Kirigami, the Japanese art of paper cutting, as well as a paper dyeing technique called Orizomegami. Crafts, such as “Diary Necklace,” “Star Book,” and “Crepe Paper Roses,” are eye catching in their simplicity.
The clearly written, step by step instructions are easy to follow. Brightly coloured illustrations provide visual hints and greatly add to the interest and appeal of the book. Each craft includes a list of household materials needed. Lewis encourages recycling and suggests reusing wrapping paper, old envelopes, and paper scraps from earlier projects. She shares shopping tips on where to find certain materials and gives some good bargain hunting advice:"Stores that sell wallpaper sometimes give away old pattern books filled with great pieces of paper."
Crafters are encouraged to combine projects and apply newly learned techniques to other creations. Endnotes offer "Other Ideas" for extending each craft. The origami Kimono is lovely on its own, or it could be used to make a mobile, glued onto a gift card, or turned into a piece of jewellery with spray varnish.
Grab some paper and a glue stick! The Jumbo Book of Paper Crafts will provide many hours of creative fun!
Linda Ludke is a librarian in London, ON.
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