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Learn a new, creative way to use paper to make art! Chinese style paper reliefs are three-dimensional images marked by interesting texture and appealing beauty. From small works for display on a table or desk, to interior decoration or even large works for public spaces, the range of the paper relief art form is demonstrated in this book.
Divided into elementary, intermediate and advanced sections, the book starts with the simplest techniques, which can be mastered readily, bringing your imagination and creativity to light. The intermediate course guides readers to change and restructure basic techniques, enabling proficiency through the process of completing works. The advanced course focuses on works that appear sophisticated and complex while still evolving from simple elementary techniques.
Paper was invented in China and it has played an important role in art making for many centuries. The continued development of papermaking and the art of paper has allowed for modern expression and creativity within traditional Chinese culture. Spirited lines and elegant colors, as well as free and natural forms, fully express Chinese aesthetics and evoke atmosphere.
To create a work of art, proficient techniques are a must. However, as an ancient Chinese saying notes, "Techniques are not fixed." It is not enough to just rely on technical skill; the creativity of the artist is the key to success. So your active imagination, together with the step-by-step instructions in this book, are all you need to turn a piece of paper into a fabulous art work!
Born in 1948, Zhu Liqun is a senior Master of Arts and Crafts, a member of the Shanghai Society for the Study of Folk Literature and Art, a member of the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Association, and director of the Paper Art Professional Committee. Working in art and industrial design for over 30 years, he has won many awards at large art design contests in China.
The Zhu Liqun Paper Art Museum, formally launched in June 2010 in Shanghai, displays thousands of works of paper art including furniture, lamps, sculpture, decorative carvings in relief, and human figures. All were designed and created by Zhu Liqun and his team over a span of ten years. Their innovative practice has led to the growth and spread of paper art to other fields, and they have also published Paper Quilling: Chinese Style.