3D decoupage or paper tole started in the 19th century, and recently enjoyed a revival
first for pictures and then for cards. Find out the craft's secrets to success with this
book, part of the long-running, up-to-date and very user-friendly Handmade Greetings
At the beginning of the book is the inevitable hefty list of materials, but don't worry,
you won't need them all. Avoid the rubber stamps and expensive watercolour pens if you
are on a budget and go straight for the printed sheets (my own personal favorite and
what must make up at least 80% of all paper tole work).
More useful is the chapter on cutting out; learn how to reproduce fur and other fiddly
details with the flick of a knife, shape and mount your work. Then, it is on with the
projects, starting with a step-by-step sheet and then one that reproduces several images
entirely, so it is up to the individual how they make up their picture. This was not explained
in enough detail for me, and I felt that the sheet should have been gone through carefully,
with the author explaining what things to omit from each successive print and why. A pleasant
surprise was the chapter on making 3D pictures from peel-off stickers, and then there
is another on making them from rubber stamps, and working with watercolour pens and blenders.
The tone of the book is predominantly cute animals and pretty flowers, and I wished for
some more unusual subjects and something that would appeal to men, and perhaps teenagers.
But for anybody wanting to have a go at this popular craft, it is one of the very few
introductions on the market, and takes a good look at some less obvious ways of doing
paper tole that most of the others omit.
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