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Pop-Up “How To” Books That Deserve Shelf Space

This post is the 4th in a series detailing the “How To” books that survived my studio clean out because they deserve the space they occupy. I’ve been waiting to share with you about the Pop-Up Section until the Pop Up Now II show opened at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon. If you’d like to see the show in person it isn’t too late. The show is open until December 17th.

In case you’d like to read the previous posts:

“How To” Books That Deserve Shelf Space #1

“How To” Books that Deserve Shelf Space #2

“How To” Books that Deserve Shelf Space #3

Pop Up Now II at 23 Sandy Gallery

Now, to move on to Pop-Up “How To” books. Here they are in no-particular order. And I have to mention there are a few more that I want but don’t own yet.

The Elements of Pop-Up: A Pop-Up Book for Aspiring Paper Engineers by David A. Carter and James Diaz


Don’t like the title scare you away. You don’t have to be any kind of engineer to use this book successfully. If you’re going the kind of person who needs a physical representation of pop-ups in order to figure them out (as I am), this book is for you! It has step by step instructions and detailed information on each kind of pop-up included and…


it has actual pop-up samples of each kind. If necessary you can take them out of the book and take them apart, but not easily. (Don’t ask how I know this.)


The Pop-Up Book: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating Over 100 Original Paper Projects by Paul Jackson


This is a beautifully illustrated book with extensive diagrams, photos and examples of each kind of technique. For example, “Shape of Slit.” While it looks complicated, the pop-up below is actually two folds and a cut slit. Paul Jackson will have you making fabulous pop-ups in no time.


Playing with Pop-Ups: The Art of Dimensional, Moving Paper Designs by Helen Hiebert


Helen Hiebert’s books are always excellent. This one features moveable features like volvelles in addition to the pop-up elements included in the first two books. I especially like that she includes historical information about the techniques.


If you feel like you already know all there is to know about pop-up techniques, it’s still worth the purchase of this Helen Hiebert book. In addition to a very strong “how to” section, there is this beautiful gallery section. Here are some samples by Julie Chen.


The Art of Pop-Up: The Magical World of Three-Dimensional Books by Jean-Charles Trebbi


While this book does have some “how to” at the end, and some samples (see the last photos), the real strength is the history and examples of pop up and move-able books. It’s an education and eye-candy combined.


I especially love the “Picture from ‘Transforming Performers: with Surprise Pictures” on the page below. Such a simple and do-able concept, but also eye-catching and a terrific way to advance content in a book.


There is also an extensive gallery section that will introduce you to pop-up artists and their work. It’s a great jumping off point to spend some time with Google and learn even more about these pop-up geniuses.


These last two photos are samples of the “how to” section of the book. Adequate, but not a good starter book. And honestly I don’t use it for this. But the first two sections are fabulous.


Well, now I want to go to the studio to make pop-up books! How about this? Next week I’ll give you a freebie tutorial on making pop-up trees. Perfect to use in holiday cards.

Do you have a “How To” Pop-Up book you’d recommend? Please share in the comments!



Art and Books Along the Way: Sitka Tango

I’m thrilled to be back in the studio after three weeks of wandering through Washington, Vancouver and Alaska. I’ve got a lot going on! I’m working on a new series of books, titled Oculus, that I look forward to releasing at the Book Arts Jam in Palo Alto on October 20th.

I’m also getting ready to teach at the Palo Alto Art Center, two classes starting next week: Photographic Books and Photoshop Elements. Speaking of which, the Palo Alto Art Center is having their grand re-opening this Saturday, October 6th. I’ll be there with a make-and-take activity. If you want to come meet me in person and make a great little book to take home … be sure to come between 11:30 and 1:30 on this Saturday. I’ll give you more details in a blog post later this week.

Greg and I have recently returned from an exciting and extraordinary trip to Alaska. In addition to more than 4000 photographs that I’m just beginning to sort through, along the way we couldn’t help but collect images of artwork and stories about artists that I thought I’d share with you.

The first is a story about a dog. If you ever been to Alaska you know that dogs are a very big part of daily life there. Everyone we met had dogs, every business we went to had a resident dog, and sled dogs are part of Alaska’s heritage and sporting life. One of our favorite experiences in Alaska was to go to a sled dog camp to ride on a summer training sled and then play with the dogs and their puppies afterwards (photos above and below).

This story is about Sitka, Alaska where we met an artist and writer, Tracie Harang and her dog, Tango. We enjoyed meeting Tracie and petting Tango. They had a table set up  to sell their books right outside of St. Michael the Archangel Cathedral.

Tracie told us about how she has collaborated with her children and  Tango to create two children’s adventure stories. They plan an adventure and then photograph it along the way. When they get home they create these terrific books as a family project. We think the books will make a special gift for some children in our lives and thought you might like to check it out, too. It’s a great way to support a mom and artist who is bringing her children up as artists, too. More information and links below:

From Hearthside Books and Toys:

“Born and raised in Sitka, Alaska, Tracie Harang and her three children, Justin, Brady, and Grace are all authors, photographers, and illustrators of the Sitka Tango series.  Tango, the family dog, is the hero of each adventure story by “saving the day” at the end of the books.  Photography, history, life lessons, and adventure make these Alaskan children’s books a fun and educational read.

Our first book, Sitka Tango Explores the Causeway takes our readers on a kayak adventure near Sitka to explore WWII history. The idea to write a book was hatched while on a family trip to the Causeway 2 years ago.  We were honored to be chosen as a silver award recipient by the national Mom’s Choice Award in January of 2010!

Our second book, Sitka Tango Journey to Juneau, Alaska follows Tango and his family as they ferry from Sitka to Juneau, ride the Mount Roberts Tramway, then hike and camp on top of the ridge!  Readers learn about the importance of being prepared for surprises while hiking in Alaska. As a mom and author, Tracie’s goal with this series is to work with and teach her children about bringing an idea to life, and then marketing it.  Working together, the Harang’s are excited to share their adventures with other families!”

Sitka Tango’s Website

About Sitka Tango

Buy a Sitka Tango Book

And because  I can’t resist – a sled dog puppy photo. It took a great deal of self control (and “that” look from Greg) not to put this puppy in my camera backpack! This puppy was also, coincidentally, named Tango.