Paper Quilling Chinese Style: Create Unique Paper Projects That Bridge Western Crafts and Traditional Chinese Arts (英語) ハードカバー – 2014/9/16
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Paper quilling, a classic papercraft art that creates designs using paper strips in clever, inventive ways, gets an Asian flavor in Paper Quilling Chinese Style.
Sure to delight the myriad and diverse group of crafters who have fallen in love with quilling, this lovely book uses traditional Chinese arts to create an array of paper quilling projects with a distinctly Chinese design. A flexible and limitless art form, paper quilling allows so much individual expression that it has attracted fans around the world. By showcasing the bold and inventive use of color, composition and traditional symbols, this book is sure to bring a new level of depth and beauty to your work.
With simple tools and materials easily found at most craft stores, you will be able to explore the boundaries of Western handicraft and traditional Chinese culture and your own creativity!
Born in 1948, Zhu Liqun is a senior Master of Arts and Crafts, a member of the Shanghai Society for the Study of Folk Literature and Art, a member of the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Association, and director of the Paper Art Professional Committee. Working in art and industrial design for over 30 years, he has won many awards at large art design contests in China.
Zhu Liqun Paper Art Museum, formally launched in June 2010 in Shanghai, displays thousands of works of paper art including furniture, lamps, sculpture, decorative carvings in relief, and human figures. All were designed and created by Zhu Liqun and his team over a span of ten years. Their innovative practice has led to the growth and spread of paper art to other fields, and they have also published Paper Quilling: Chinese Style, Paper Relief: Chinese Style and Paper Collage: Chinese Style.
templates, but there is a beginner's section which has simple examples. Detailed instructions are given for all the examples. I, at first, found that I was confused because no paper lengths were given. But I soon discovered that I could estimate the length of paper needed fairly easily. There is a very simple rabbit, a more complicated red horse, a crane to die for, and a wedding of rats which is so funny.
If you love quilling and want to get beyond the roll a few coils, pinch them, and, presto, you have a flower, this is a very good book. It may seem intimidating at first, but do NOT dispair. I'm way past retirement age and my hands shake a little. This book has given me a new way of looking at quilling and I love it.
As soon as I looked at Amazon's "see inside" feature I was hooked on the imagery and wanted to try making some of these designs. I would not choose it as a first book for quilling if you're never tried the craft, but quilling is basically rolling strips of paper and gluing them shut and squeezing them into shape. If you can do basic shapes you should be able to follow the instructions and photos to recreate the art shown.
I've had the book a little over a week now and I've made the dragonfly (6. Dragonfly Skimming the Water Surface). I didn't have enough of one color of paper to do the body and wings so I used multiple shades of red and silver, and I added some rhinestones to the eyes to give my insect a bit of pop. I haven't quilled in years so this was my first project in a very long time and it came out reasonably well.
There are four chapters broken down into sections. Chapter 1 talks about the Chinese take on quilling, and Chapter 2 introduces the basics, including materials, tools, and ten basic techniques. Chapter 3 gets you started on easy projects, and Chapter 4 includes advanced lessons. There's also a short appendix of shapes at the back for easy reference.
The sections include short descriptions of what the art represents. For instance, the section on the Carp talks about how the carp is an auspicious symbol and gives a little bit of background and history. The text is a little dry, but the information is interesting, and seeing how the artists draw on Chinese folk tales is giving me some ideas for drawing from other cultures as well.