If you’re interested in papercraft, this week’s Reference Collection highlight, Paper Pleasures: The Creative Guide to Papercraft by Faith Shannon (REF.PT.1120) just might be for you. Here, Shannon illustrates papermaking, marbling, and decorative paper techniques through more than 100 color photographs and 200 step-by-step diagrams.
The title begins with a historical survey of paper, exploring its precursors and origins. Here she delves into the differences among hand papermaking procedures in the East and West, as well as some early experiments in production methods.
|paper from leeks, onion skins, rhubarb, etc.|
The second section of the book explains how to make paper using readily available materials found at home. Here, the reader will learn how to set up the mold and deckle, how to create a basic paper press, and how to create the pulp. They will also explore varying plant materials that might be used to create paper, and the techniques required to breakdown tough materials into usable fibers. Other topics covered include making large sheets with a small frame, drying techniques, and possibilities for manipulating the appearance of paper (such as watermarking, coloring, and patchworking).
Section three, The Paper Sampler, provides an introduction to the basic repertoire of paper skills including crumpling and creasing, cutting and tearing, folding, fluting, piercing, slitting and slotting, impressing, and weaving. As Shannon explains, “The aim is to provide a starting-point for your imagination, not a set of rules. Once you are familiar with the essential skills, you can use them for more complicated projects, like those described on pages 95-31.”
|slitting & slotting|
Next, Shannon delves into decorative paper techniques. Here, the reader will learn how to create their own patterns by hand through methods such as paste and color, spattering and spraying, resist pattern and color wash, block printing, and monotype. The methods described require very little in the way of equipment, and no previous experience.
Section five discusses marbling techniques. As Shannon explains, the simplest way to marble paper is to take advantage of the reaction of oil and water, buy provigil with a credit card which do not mix. Experimenting with varying types and densities of oil paints are therefore ideal means for a beginner to create various effects. The chapter also explores the classic marbling method which involves floating watercolors on a gelatinous size made from carrageen moss.
| Marbling Technique
Paper in Three Dimensions breaks down the basic skills of cutting, gluing, and measuring required to begin making and covering three-dimensional objects. The chapter also provides a number of examples which build upon these basics. Projects include covering boxes, trays, and geometric forms; creating lampshades, blinds,and screens; working with paper mâché; molding jewelry; making cards, gift bags, folders, and wallets; producing frames, desktop projects, and decorative table tops; and using patterns to create art for display.
|screen made of individual paper panels|
The final chapter covers the basics of making books. Here, the reader will learn how to create simple books and covers; basic binding techniques; and more advanced alternatives such as the accordion-pleated book, and multi-section books. Also featured are three projects that bend the basic rules to create more abstract works of art.
The title also includes a brief reference section consisting of a glossary, useful addresses, a bibliography, the index, and credits.
Produced in conjunction with the well known Florentine marbling firm, Il Papiro, this title provides a solid primer for readers new to the paper arts. Whether you are interested in marbling, bookmaking, paper making, or other decorative paper arts, this title would be a solid tool to get you started.
|earrings from curled laminated paper|
The Reference Collection is one of three collections at The Center for Book Arts. The other two include the Fine Arts Collection (composed of artists’ books and prints) and the Archives (containing Exhibition Catalogs and the Center’s ephemera). All three collections can be viewed on-line via the Center’s website or in person by appointment. Note that the Reference Library is currently being cataloged, with roughly 75% completed.
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