It's Only Ink! The Pocket Paper Engineer

It's Only Ink!
The Pocket Paper Engineer

Ok, if you don't already know, a pop-up is paper folded so that when you open the page the pop-up appears on, it "pops-up" at you.
Carol Barton, a pop-up engineer, has put together a fantastic book. Her method of teaching how to design your own pop-ups is simple and clear.
This smart workbook explains the mechanics of pop-ups with step-by-step, full color instructions. Paper-engineers of all ages will have fun creating 10 different designs with Barton's book. They'll be able to choose (or create all) pop-up cars, a helicopter in the sky, food, animals, windows and more. Floating platforms, labeled props, perforated pages, tips and ideas, and easy-to-follow directions make it easy to create a pop-up within minutes. Glue and scissors are all you need.
Ninety-one full-color photographs and over 100 instructional drawings fill the book. The book's hardcover case protects it against moisture and dirt and the wire-O binding allows crafters to lie the book flat.
Adults and children will enjoy sitting down and creating their own masterpieces. Most people might say that this would work perfectly for a rainy day - well I say it's good any day.
From the Author: "THE POCKET PAPER ENGINEER is based on my twenty-five years of experience teaching children and adults the art of making pop-ups. As a book artist, I find the pop-up especially interesting as a way of incorporating three-dimensional sculpture into the book form. Teaching people how to design pop-ups helps them develop dimensional design and mechanical skills, encourages them to experiment through trial-and-error problem-solving, and is fun and very creative. It's especially useful in the classroom as a way to encourage kids to illustrate and write about a host of subjects--nature, history, architecture, and art. And it also works wonderfully as a cross-generational family activity."
Carol Barton teaches workshops and classes in paper engineering and book arts and is on the faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is the author of A Journal of One's Own and The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volume 1, and her art books are kept in the collections of the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. She lives in Glen Echo, Maryland.

The Pocket Paper Engineer: How to Make Pop-Ups Step-by-Step: Volume 2 by Carol Barton
Published by Popular Kinetics Press,
ISBN-13: 978-0-9627752-22
Release: 2008
Format: Hardcover w/ Wire-O Binding
Pages: 72 w/91 full-color illustrations & 117 line drawings
Price: $26.95

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