Parchment Craft – The Techniques Volume 4 – Using the Dabbing Technique

This book concentrates on the Dabbing Technique, using templates and dabbing brushes to create easy motifs and borders. It includes information such as: how to take care of the brushes, how to hold the brush and type of ink or paint to use. Painting techniques such as highlighting, building colour and dabbing without templates are also covered. This series of books are a thorough introduction to parchment craft techniques and also include a number of useful hints and tips and plenty extra patterns with which to experiment.

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The Handbook of Parchment Craft Basics by Linda Williams and Tina Cox

The Handbook of Parchment Craft Basics has 19 projects (all cards) for you to work on, they all have a really fresh, bright look and step by step instructions on how to complete them. The techniques of tracing, embossing, perforating and cutting are covered in depth making this an ideal book for a beginner. There is also sections on using Multi-Grids and Stamping on parchment, so if you are an experienced parchment crafter but have never used stamps and don’t know where to start, this book will prove a useful reference. As well as stamping techniques there are sections on how to colour the image with Perga Colours, Perga Liners, Dorso Crayons. There is also a useful page showing all the Multi-Grids available (23 grids at the time the book was printed) and also the clear stamps. A beautiful present to buy someone who wants to start parchment craft or who just loves crafting.

What is the Arrow Tool for?

This picture shows an Arrow tool on the right and a Diamond perforating tool on the left.

I always understood that the single needle tool was for perforating either freehand or using the grids. The Arrow tool however does the same job though maybe not as fine.

The Arrow tool was designed to be used with the Easy Grid (mesh type grid) it can be used on both the regular and the fine mesh as it has a conical, round point. The Arrow tool makes a small round hole in the parchment, if you want square holes the Diamond perforating tool is the one you want and of course the Triangle perforating tool makes small, triangular holes. These tools work with the both mesh grids and are all made by Pergamano.

I have also used the Arrow tool successfully for making holes for brads and stippling.

Parchment Craft – Best of the Best, A Classic Collection – Kannikar Sukseree

This is a unique collection of 32 projects for you to make. Twelve parchment craft designers and one guest designer from around the world have got together to produce this beautiful book offering a range of styles and influences in every project.

The ‘Best of the Best’ is not affiliated to a particular manufacturer of parchment craft equipment and therefore allows you to use the tools you have, rather than go and buy the tools listed. There is a useful tool comparison chart to help you identify which tools are interchangeable.

This is a book for a beginner as well as an experienced parchment crafter. There is a chapter dedicated to the techniques of tracing, embossing, gridwork, painting and colouring, also finishing touches. However there are plenty of challenging projects for experienced parchment crafters.

Six of the projects have fully illustrated, step by step insructions and the additional 26 projects also have excellent instructions and illustrations. The projects include cards, a clock, shelf decorations and wall hanging. 92 pages.