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First Art Kit

25 Creative Papercraft Remedies for What Ails You



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About The Book

Enjoy twenty-five unique art projects involving coloring, paper-cutting, collage, book sculpture, pop-ups, and more from renowned illustrator and fine artist Boo Paterson.

Creativity can be a useful tool to help you thrive whenever you feel stressed. Now, in First Art Kit, Boo Paterson blends thoughtful discussion of common psychological problems—from coping with anxiety to beating bullying—with uplifting, therapeutic crafts.

These twenty-five absorbing projects feature step-by-step instructions and templates so adult crafters of all abilities can practice self-care and boost their creativity. Just some of the crafts you’ll learn to make include:
- A phoenix to help you recover from rejection and rise from the ashes
- A group of butterflies to help you soar away from blame
- A lock and key, to help you unlock all the possibilities within yourself and discover self-acceptance

Whether you’re having trouble sleeping, need to improve your self-esteem, or just want to create some beautiful artwork, this light and encouraging guide provides practical tips to ease the mind and soothe the soul.

About The Author

Photograph by Alex Robson

Boo Paterson is an artist, illustrator, and journalist whose papercuts and book sculptures have been exhibited at the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy and short- listed for the World Illustration Awards twice. She is a regular cultural commentator for the BBC, and extensive coverage of her artwork has appeared in publications across the world, including The Guardian, Vogue, and The Sunday Times (London). Boo divides her time between New York and the UK. Visit her online at

Product Details

  • Publisher: S&S/Simon Element (May 11, 2021)
  • Length: 160 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982152727

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"In this book of modern creative remedies, Boo brings together common emotional and psychological ailments, from anxiety to insomnia, with paper crafting projects that have helped her navigate her life and that might help each of us in our own. With each paper trace and fold, each twist and tear, Boo takes us step by step through possible antidotes, with projects that get us into a state of flow, signpost changes in our own behaviour and give hope for whatever our situation might be."—Claire Fitzsimmons, If Lost Start Here

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