Making Magic Windows: Creating Papel Picado/Cut-Paper Art

By Carmen Lomas Garza

Paperback: $11.95

Following the hands-on format of Carmen Lomas Garza's highly successful papel picado workshops, this book shows, step by step, how to create beautiful designs and banners by simply folding and cutting tissue paper.

Projects you will learn to make include: the Four Cardinal Points, a design reminiscent of the four points of a compass; Tiles, echoing the colorful hand-painted tiles that decorate many Mexican buildings; and The Fan, one of Carmen's favorite designs, featuring leaves, hummingbirds, and flowers. For more advanced students there is a section on using a craft knife safely, and a sample Sunburst project to create.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Carmen Lomas Garza - Author

is one of the most prominent Mexican American painters working today. Born and raised in Texas, she now lives in San Francisco, California. Her paintings have traveled all over the United States and Mexico in numerous exhibitions. Visit her website at

About This Title


Paperback: 9780892391592

Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades 3 - 8

Reading Level:

Grades 3 - 4


Art, Classroom Activities, Cultural Diversity, How To, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Informational Text, Nonfiction

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