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The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer: Activities and Amusements for the Curious Paper Artist

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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 l
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Potter Craft
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Melki
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To answer my own question of a few weeks ago - YES! - they still make paper doll books, only they've gotten expensive and mighty artsy. This is a book I would have swooned over as a child. (If only they had made Dark Shadows paper dolls then. My perfect childhood would have been perfectly complete!)

Emily Martin is known mostly for her somewhat eerie paintings of children - http://www.emilywinfieldmartin.com/po.... They remind me, just a little of those Margaret Keane paintings from the sixties -
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Daisy
Dec 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Hana/Sara/Bara
Recommended to Daisy by: LA Times?
Shelves: children-youth
I want to be any doll in this book. So let's pretend I am. Here's my paper doll profile (a la Emily Martin):

Daisy would be happy to never get out of her pajamas on a rainy day. She had a great-great aunt who said you should never be without a pair of red shoes. She is not ticklish.

Likes: Fog; the sound of a spoon hitting the bottom of a full milkshake glass; fog.

Dislikes: Clapping; lost pets; slime.
Jen
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafty
Quite possibly the most precious and wonderful crafty book out there right now.

I've been a fan of Emily and her Black Apple blog for a while and this book really brings her blog to life. The characters and dolls she's created (with adorable back stories and likes/dislikes) are beautiful and quirky. Every time I thought there possibly couldn't be any more stuff included in the book there was! Painted backdrops! Design your own doll! Pages of instructions and tips on how to use the book to it's b
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KC
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book will delight any parent, child, or teacher. A wonderful how-to on paper doll making that is filled with characters, sets, and figures. Makes for a great gift.
pea.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspire, 17-in-twenty
it took me far to long to own a copy of this...
sharpening the scissors as i type
Rachel
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is equisite, too nice to cut up which indeed the author dicusses in her introduction and offers ways to keep your book pristine and enjoy the dolls within. The first part is all about the dolls Ms Martin ahs invented, each with a snippet of backstory which any inqusitive child(or adult!) can run with. They are beautifully illustrated and printed on cardstock and there follows a setr of clothes for each.The second part shows how to make a paper doll of yourself and your friends/family a ...more
Heather
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafting
Love this artist. I Have three of her prints on my mantle right now! Can't wait till this arrives in the mail.

Update! Got this book and I love it. I can't wait to make the personalized portrait cards.
Shan
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was planning to buy this for myself as a Christmas treat, but then Joe beat me to it, because he is brilliant. I've been an admirer of Emily Martin's art for some time now, and I'm excited to discover my inner crafter (I hope she exists) and do some fun stuff with this book. Thanks, Joey!
Nicole
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love so very much! I bought it with my Christmas gift card from Barnes and Noble. Thanks Matty! i think i might buy a second for back up purposes.
Kathleen
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
darling, adorable book filled with beautiful paper dolls.
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Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love paper dolls. She gives you the guide to make the coolest paper dolls ever. Frida is first on my list.
Molly
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Read it all the way through twice! can't bring myself to cut it up so I'm going to copy the dolls and clothes and show it to Lilli one of these rainy weekends.
Lynda
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful modern art paper doll book.
Mandy
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafts
so fun! Must buy this for myself so I can cut out the paper dolls
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Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am in awe of how gorgeous & clever this is. Complete. Awe.
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Books come in all shapes.
This one inspires, ignites
creativity.
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Emily Winfield Martin makes paintings, books, and other things. She is the author and illustrator of Day Dreamers (forthcoming, 2014), Dream Animals (2013), Oddfellow's Orphanage (2012) and The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer (2010). When she was small, she spent every moment drawing, reading, dressing rabbits in fancy clothes, and having many peculiar daydreams. When she grew up, she began to ill ...more
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