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The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer

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The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer

Activities & Amusements for the Curious Paper Artist

By Emily Martin

Potter Craft, Paperback, 9780307586568, 159pp.

Publication Date: November 2, 2010


Join the creator of The Black Apple, Emily Martin, on a trip through her magical world of paper dolls, imaginary places, and clever craft projects.

Inside this book you ll find 21 sweet, mysterious characters with clothes and accessories all their own from a busy beekeeper's daughter to a bird-loving librarian. You ll also find 16 dolls ready to be designed and brought to life by you Emily will show you how to draw, paint, and personalize your way to a little paper replica of anyone you d like.

With basic art supplies and the instructions in the book, you ll also learn to:

Make a custom wedding invitation or holiday card
Color, cut, paste, and frame a unique family portrait
Design your own paper clothes, shoes, glasses, and the like
Cut and fold an armoire for doll-sized clothes
Build a paper theater using one of the TK illustrated backdrops
Direct a stop-motion film with jointed paper doll actors
And so much more

So sharpen your scissors and get ready for a unique and wonderful adventure.

Praise For The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer

Praise for The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer:
“This book is packed full of loveliness—stunning paper dolls, creative paper projects, even a stellar toy theater, all with Emily's unique blend of irreverent sweetness. Please be seated with smelling salts nearby: Fainting might occur. It's that good.”
--Amy Karol, author of Bend-the-Rules Sewing and Bend-the-Rules with Fabric
“A trove of great imagination, and many fine diversions.”
--Rob Kalin, founder of
“It's like getting to play with the characters of Emily's paintings and step a little closer into their world.”
--Jenny Hart, author of Sublime Stitching and Embroidered Effects
Praise for Emily Martin:
“…sweet and appealing…”
--Rob Walker for The New York Times Magazine
 “The world of Emily Martin is enchanting, exquisite, and ethereal. Behind the soft hues and the peaches-and-cream palette, one can see a lively and fertile mind at work. An aching and mysterious sweetness blends with beguiling touches of the enigmatic and the peculiar, and the results are often remarkably sublime.”
--Richard Sala, author of Peculia, Delphine, and Cat Burglar Black
“The Black Apple is the perfect place to turn to for a little taste of culture.”
--Alternative Press magazine