I was browsing online this morning and found a number of how-to paper mache books on Kindle that I’ve never seen before. Most of them are nice and cheap, and the “instant” delivery is nice, especially if you need something now for Halloween!
I’ve only read one of these books so far, (but I will be grabbing Dan’s book right after I get the post online). If you happen to get one of these books, please post a comment on this post and let us know what you think of it. If you make any of the projects, we’d love to see it. And if I missed one that you know about and really like, be sure to let me know.
So here, in no particular order, are the Kindle books I just discovered:
$1.99, 116 pages
Any book by Dan Reeder is great – and I just now ordered this one – I couldn’t help it. (I don’t own a Kindle, but I do have their ap for PC.) I’m kind of embarrased to admit that I have his other print books on my shelves and I’ve used a few of his techniques at various times – but I’ve never actually made one of the sculptures in his books or used his famous cloth mache. The projects in this book are nice and small, so I think I’ll jump in and make one. Do you think I can get it done before Halloween? Only 8 more days!Of course, Dan’s other books are available on Kindle, too.
$0.99, 31 pages
The author says this isn’t really paper mache. Although I can’t see far enough inside the book to see exactly how it’s done, it appears to be paper strips and glue. A Google search for the term Papietagem brings up a number of sites from Europe. The fish on the cover are very nice, and I may need to grab a copy, just to see how the fish were made. I’m hoping he’s using a mold, but I can’t tell from the description.
The same author has another book showing how to make a turtle with this same technique.
How To Make A Papier Mache Sculpture by Rachael Fillatre
$0.99, 45 pages
One of the first photos you see when you search inside this book is of the author working on her “plump lady” sculpture, which is quite large. This would be a great book for someone who would like to make figure sculptures, but isn’t quite sure how to go about building an armature – and who may be intimidated by all the details used by classical sculptors. This is a fairly simple figure, but it’s quite effective and enjoyable. Just one project is shown, bu the author includes a gallery of other projects at the back of the book.
Rachel also has a book on Kindle showing how to make a paper mache clown.
Papier Mache Manual by Paul C. Dass
$0.99, 30 pages
I did buy this one several years ago, because it includes a recipe for paper mache paste that I’d never seen before. I believe it uses fenugreek, a mucilaginous seed. The gallery of sculptures at the back of the book is quite impressive, showing items that are made for the tourist trade. As you can see from the photo on the cover, the finish can be very smooth – almost like sanded wood. If you’re interested in how paper mache is made in India, this is well worth the 99 cents.
Cardboard and Paper-Mache Furniture by Riccardo Ag
$23.00, 73 pages
This is the book that actually got me started looking at Kindle books this morning. A reader sent me an email with a link to some fabulous paper mache furniture (thanks Esther!) and, of course, I checked online to see if there were any books that would show us how it was done. This is the only book I could find on the subject of paper mache furniture. It’s kind of expensive for a Kindle book, so I don’t think I’ll be buying one — but the style is very similar to this cardboard furniture, made in France. I can’t tell you how often I’ve browsed through that site, wishing I could take one of their workshops.