If you are looking to expand your paper-based creative side past card-making and other stationery crafts, you might want to consider trying out parchment crafts. The art of parchment crafts started during the 15th century when artists would layer parchment in delicate patterns to create lace-like designs that could be used for stationery or beautiful display pieces.
Parchment crafts are a great way to make delicate accent pieces for your home décor, elegant bookmarks, shabby chic greeting cards and more. To help get you started, browse these book selections that have project ideas and tips for how to create amazing parchment crafts at home:
Parchment Craft (Country Crafts)
The Parchment Craft (Country Crafts)book by Janet Wilson is a complete starter’s guide to parchment crafts. This book contains 22 project ideas with colored photographs and instructions that will help you get started with parchment crafts. You’ll learn how to make intricate designs such as flowers, butterflies, exotic birds and more. Other project ideas include fans, carnival masks, greeting cards and bookmarks. Designed for a parchment crafter of any skill level, this book is praised for its easy-to-follow instructions and the full-size patterns.
Parchment Craft: Over 15 Original Projects
Martha Ospina’s book Parchment Craft: Over 15 Original Projects Plus Dozens of New Design Ideas is a complete guide to parchment crafts. You’ll learn the art of parchment crafting including projects like cards, table decorations and party favors. Ospina is an expert in techniques like stamping, cutting, painting and embossing parchment paper. Her step-by-step project guides make learning the craft easy and fun. The book includes beginner projects for novice parchment crafters, and also more advanced projects for those that have mastered the skills of tracing and embossing.
As parchment craft becomes more and more popular among crafters, the need for project idea books and step-by-step project guides increases. Luckily, crafters have books like Parchment Craft by Carla Larter to turn to for inspiration. Larter’s book includes project ideas and information on techniques such as designing, painting, perforating and embossing. Once techniques are learned, crafters can take on projects using templates that are all provided in the project guides. With over 150 photographs, it’s easy to see how beginners can benefit from the information in this parchment crafting book. This is a great starter book for those interested in learning more about decorative effects and the different stages of design in parchment crafts.
The Art of Parchment Craft
Discover how to make your parchment crafts even more intricate with The Art of Parchment Craft by Janet Wilson. This guide will show you how to make your parchment crafts really stand out by using mediums like paint and ink. Add these elements to projects like greeting cards and bookmarks and watch the designs pop. This book will show you how to create highlights, shading and rainbow effects on your parchment crafts. Step-by-step instructions and examples make this book perfect for beginners or advanced parchment crafters that are experimenting with effects.