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POCKET PAPER ENGINEER: How to Make Pop-Ups Step-by-Step: 1 Hardcover-spiral – 1 Apr 2007

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  • Hardcover-spiral: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Unknown; 1 Spi edition (1 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962775207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962775208
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 727,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elegant and accessible, this interactive handbook teaches crafters of all ages how to create kinetic paper art. The projects are complete with examples, formulas, and the essential instruction that allows them to be constructed directly from the book with simple materials on hand: paper, scissors, and glue. Pop-ups are grouped by type - box or triangle - and as the chapters progress, the techniques are combined and layered for more dramatic effects. With its thorough explanations and inspiring ideas, this book will bring colour and motion to crafters' cards, scrapbooks, and invitations.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fox Talbot on 15 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover-spiral
a beautifully finished product with considerable scope for for learning about pop-up cards with practical projects included
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Paper art for all 22 July 2006
By www.frontstreetreviews.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover-spiral
Carol Barton has created the ultimate instruction book for anyone who is would like to learn to use pop-ups in their creative work- and there may be more of you than you think. The potential for the use of pop-ups becomes limitless with the information from this guide.

Moveable books is not a new art. But this book takes the art form of pop-ups into the realm of possibilities. It begins with basic structures and progresses in nice, slow steps into complex, multi-layered pop-ups. It is the gift of the author to be able to describe and explain each step so that even beginners can follow easily. From basic box shapes it continues through triangles (including doubles and upside down), combinations of both and onto many different layered designs. Each step includes a pattern with all the spare parts needed that the reader/artist can use to make that pop-up card. This hands-on approach is what sets it above other instruction books of this kind. It is also possible to order a complete set of these samples if you do not want to cut up the ones in the book. Each chapter has a pocket to hold both the spare parts and the finished card. Very clever. Introductory chapters describe how pop-ups work, basic supply lists and hints to further creativity, final chapters examine safety and suppliers and the importance of paper grain. Well chosen quotes adorn each manila chapter divider.

The Pocket Paper Engineer is concrete enough to walk anyone thorough the steps of making a pop-up card but it also gives clear, concise instructions to enable the reader to take the information onto any level they desire. It stretches the imagination in many directions as it expands the journey from flat creations into three dimensional art.

This spiral bound work would be a wonderful gift for authors, card makers, scrap bookers and other visual artists. It is appropriate for both beginners and advanced paper crafters and artists. Its sturdy construction will allow it to become a permanent reference book in any collection. We can look forward to the future since this in Volume I in a planned series of how to books on this subject.

For added wonder be sure to follow the author link below to explore Ms Barton's other work as she expands the traditional boundaries of literature. Fascinating for both art and literature lovers.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Great Pop-Up Reference Book 29 May 2006
By A. Borloz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover-spiral
This is more than a "how-to-do" book - it has several examples for the readers to try out the techniques & principles. And it has pockets to store them. I think it's a great idea that extra packets of examples are provided at extra cost in case you made a mistake or don't want to use the ones already in the book. It also will give us (especially pop-up book collectors and artists) a greater appreciation and understanding of how the pop-up books are designed and created. What makes this book even more interesting and entertaining are the quotes placed on different pages relating to creative endeavors. But the bottom line is that it's a great reference guide for any future pop-up book projects!
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
A Fair Attempt 23 Aug. 2008
By B. King - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought both this and Volume 2. Returned Volume 1 and am not too thrilled with Volume 2. I have much better books on the same information which include easier to understand instructions, illustrations and certainly a much broader spectrum of challenges. Artfully illustrated but too limited in my opinion. It covers only one technique many time over. Volume 2 goes just a little beyond that! As a design instructor I used the art of "POP UP" as a tool for my students to use paper engineering to exercise their critical thinking skills. I would not have included either volume in my recommended reading for that purpose. It is more of a "cut and paste what is already provided" example of a very limited number of techniques.
43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Too Simplistic for the Truly Inquisitive 15 Feb. 2008
By P. Gonyea - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover-spiral
Of the several how-to books I own on creating & designing pop-ups, this book disappointed me.
The vast majority is devoted to what is basically one pop-up technique, and the author gives numerous variations on that one type of pop-up as if each were entirely different. Yes, this book is simple & easy to use... great for those who want to play a bit -- or people who work with kids.
For true pop-up explorers however, pop-up mechanisms such as floating layers, scenery flats, boxes, etc. are not included in this book. To really dig into the subject of pop-ups and paper engineering, look elsewhere.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
If it were possible to add more stars, I'd rate it higher 5 Jun. 2006
By Andrew Baron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover-spiral
I've just read the other posted reviews, and I have to add that this book is, in itself, a work of art. There isn't a single aspect of it that isn't tastefully and professionally designed. The front and back of every page and every template are exquisitely rendered, and the how-to aspects are clear and understandable. It's one thing to have the skills to create imaginative pop-ups, and quite another to be able to convey it as naturally and intuitively for the reader as Carol does. I don't have the heart to tear out the perforated patterns on my copy, so it's fabulous that complete replacement sets of the inserts are available. This book is a welcome and rich addition to the world of pop-up. (signed) Andrew Baron, winner of the Movable Book Society 2004 Meggendorfer prize for Best Published Paper Engineered book.
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