PAPIER-MACHE TODAY

​By Sheila McGraw

Back by popular demand!


"This attractive, copiously illustrated, and easy to use how-to-do-it book touches all the bases."
-- Kliatt

Papier-mâché is inexpensive, requires only household items as tools, and with its wide variety of sculptural techniques and finishing treatments, it satisfies the sculptor, the painter and the craftsperson.

This book of projects ranges from simple to ambitious with clear instructions accompanied by color photos. A "Read This First" chapter gives the essentials on the papier-mâché craft, tools and materials (newspaper, cloth and wallpaper paste), techniques, painting, finishing and troubleshooting. 

The 16 projects include home décor (such as bowls and napkin rings), animal characters (Meatloaf Cat, Alligator, Birdo, The Mutt, Mermaid), Monsters (Sea Serpent, Manhole Monster, Refrigerator Raider), and human figures.

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SOFT TOYS TO SEW

by Sheila McGraw

(SORRY! This book is currently out of print)

Excerpt from Amazon's customer reviews.


This book is filled with an avalanche of information before you even get to patterns and instructions. Sheila has covered any questions you may have regarding the type of fabric to use and how to work with it, the differences in the filling materials and the finishing touches of eyes and noses. There are color photos of all the finished products and the instructions are easy to follow with color coded cutting and sewing details. This is a great buy for the information in these pages.


This book contains the "typical" cuddlies that many toy books have (teddy bear, puppy dog), but also some great unusual critters (including a buzzard, a funny-not-scary monster, an alligator, and a fish) that other books tend to overlook. The instructions are pretty straightforward and the two critters I've made (the "party animal" cat and the monster) have turned out well and without glitches in the pattern. 

PAINTING AND DECORATING FURNITURE

By Sheila McGraw


(SORRY! This book is currently out of print)


With more than 1,000 step-by-step color photographs to guide the reader, and concise easy-to-follow instructions, the author demonstrates original treatments and techniques, including new stains and faux finishes, decorating with found materials, and inventive uses for fabric, posters and baskets.

Popular treatments such as dragging, smooshing, block printing, metallic leafing, crackle, faux plaster, antiquing, découpage, and other fine art and furniture finishes are included along with freehand, decorative and folk painting. Wherever needed, projects include patterns.

Projects are easy-clean-up, fast-drying and use water-based paints and environmentally friendly primers, stains, varnishes and strippers. Painting and Decorating Furniture is fully cross-referenced and indexed. The "Read This First" sections prevent mistakes, and complete Materials Lists avoid frustration.




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We are working hard to get the books that are out of print back on the shelf. Papier-Mache Today is a case in point. Out of print since 2007, it has just been re-released. Hopefully the rest will also have a come-back.

​​​Sheila McGraw 

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