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Papier-Mache Treasures with Teena Flanner: Creating Your Own Vintage-Style Collectibles Hardcover – Nov 1 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (Nov. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600591728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600591723
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 22.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,958,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa871499c) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By S. Pennell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Lovely photos and detailed directions for specific pieces. Of course, you need the molds for these pieces. There are instructions to make molds, but you need the positive to make the negative. This would all be fine, except there is no Resources List. After spending hours on the web, I haven't come up with much. But I'm sure I will. However, my attempt to find "sterling tinsel" yielded nothing. This book is well done as far as it goes and inspirational - but frustrating.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa81d4ad4) out of 5 stars Inspiring! Feb. 13 2008
By Mom of 2 Boys - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you are creative and resourceful, this book is a guide AND an inspiration. There are a handful of projects that don't call for a mold, including her ever-popular snowmen. The rest? Sure, you need molds, but I saw three last weekend while antiquing and one was only $6 (and it was a lamb, too!). They don't have to be old, just a mold you like! Really, NOT HARD TO FIND.

This book gave me insight into the process and acted as a jumping point for my own projects. I had many lightbulb moments while reading this " ... Ah ha! THAT'S how you do THAT!", etc. I've got a project baking in the oven as I type and I'm so glad I checked this book out of the library. I'll probably buy it now!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa81d40a8) out of 5 stars Delightful! Jan. 14 2008
By Susan VanHecke - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As lovely to look at as learn from, Teena Flanner's unique artistry is revealed in page after gorgeous page. Throughout, the author's warmth and passion for her craft inspires even beginners to go for the magic. As Flanner writes, "perfection is not my goal," it's all about loving the process. With this beautiful and informative guidebook in hand, budding papier-mache artists are off to an excellent start.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By S. Bagwell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is as lovely as the author/artist herself. As a collector, I never had the understanding or appreciation for the art that I should have until opening the pages of this book. Teena takes you through the step by step process she goes through in creating each of these "one of a kind" pieces. Teena has now inspired me to learn the craft as well as collect. How kind of her to share her secrets!!! I especially enjoyed all her childhood/inspirational stories that she shared with us throughout the book. Family and nature certainly fill her heart!! As a photographer myself, it is an incredible joy to turn the pages to see picture after picture of as she journeys through the seasons show casing only a small sample of her special art. She even shares her precious pets with us!! This was a much anticipated book for me as a collector, but I'll be sharing it with friends for Christmas that enjoy my collection for their coffee tables as's that special! And then, after the holidays a new hobby awaits!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8216e58) out of 5 stars Embrace it - Your projects will NEVER look like hers May 18 2010
By Raul E. Aguilar - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm a paper mache artist, Teena Flanner seems to be very popular so I wanted to check out her techniques. She actually delivers - she covers all the materials necessary, including the papier mache pulp and what paints and embellishments she uses. She devotes a whole page to glitter! I don't particularly care much for the "cutesy poo" style, I like vintage Halloween papier mache much better but the book focuses on Christmas and Easter figurines.

If you are looking to create the projects "exactly" as the ones shown in the book you may be out of luck. Ms. Flanner explains how challenging (but often forgiving) the medium is. Nothing is ever going to be "perfect" and that is part of the charm. How your figurines look depends on a variety of factors, including the paper mix you use (she uses ready made commercial papier mache paste mix), humidity, how much water you use and what molds you have available.

Ms. Flanner also teaches you how to make two molds, one with gel and one with silicone. I use a silicone technique myself. I also use plaster of paris and plasticine to create molds for my figurines...I wonder if I should write a book! I wish she had spend more time on this section, since not many people are going to find the molds for the projects. Ms. Flanner doesn't mention product brands for the silicone or gel, so you are pretty much on your own trying to figure out where to find your supplies.

One of the things about this book is that it shows beautiful photos of the finished projects that serve mostly as inspiration. I can see how people may be frustrated trying to recreate these *very specific* finished projects WITHOUT having the molds! Even if you find antique metal molds, Ms. Flanner recommends you only use them once, since the papier mache damages them. She also states that the more readily available clear plastic molds are not ideal for the projects, since they are hard to fill using an opaque paste. Only a couple of the projects don't use molds - the snow man family, for example. Another project uses a readily purchased hollow papier mache Easter egg.

Overall, if you like Ms. Flanner's style this is a perfect and inspiring "coffee table" book. If you are looking for a basic papier mache technique this is also the book for you. If you are an advanced papier mache artist, you can probably skip it.

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