Katrina Rodabaugh, Leslie Sopia Lindell
Artist Katrina Rodabaugh shares her artistic training and up-cycling sensibility in this unique and inspired book, The Paper Playhouse. With simple techniques including sculpture, printmaking, bookbinding, collage, and even ideas for public art, families work through step-by-step instructions while using imagination and budding aesthetics. This book goes beyond the typical paper craft project to include contemporary design references like Mid-Century Modern dollhouses, VW buses, paper monsters, costumes and masks, and the classic lemonade stand–all made with unique style and flair! Focused around surprising and easily accessibly materials like shipping boxes, shoeboxes, junk mail envelopes, newspapers, maps, found books, and other paper ephemera, and with stunning photography by Leslie Sophia Lindell, The Paper Playhouse has 22 projects aimed at inspiring children to create amazing paper crafts. A beautiful gallery provides further project inspirations from Lisa Congdon, Maya Donenfeld, Heather Smith Jones, Courtney Cerutti, Gracia Haby, Mati Rose McDonough, and many more!
"Fine artist and blogger Rodabaugh takes items that most people have around the house and turns them into whimsical creations in this collection of environmentally friendly craft projects intended to be made by and for children. Each section of the book focuses on a different material--paper, books, or boxes--and there's also a final chapter full of projects intended for public display (think yarn bombing, only with upcycled crafts). Most of the projects only require simple supplies such as scissors and glue, making them easily accessible to families on a budget. The simplest of the projects would be appropriate for preschoolers with a parent's help; some of Rodabaugh's more sophisticated creations are best attempted by the ten-and-older crowd. An added bonus: many of the projects would also make excellent library craft programs for children and teens. VERDICT Craft projects using recycled or upcycled materials are perennially popular, and the kid-friendly angle adds a fun dimension." - Library Journal