Parchment Craft – after you have finished the Starter Kit

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If you have throroughly enjoyed completing a project from the  Pergamano Parchment Craft Starter Kit you may be wondering what to do next. With such a wide ranging hobby as parchment craft involving a lot of tools and  equipment, it is difficult to know where to start, what to buy or what to do next. When I started this hobby I didn’t want to commit to a project  that was too difficult and off putting. Sometimes smaller projects can improve the skills and techniques required.  Here are my ideas of 10 things to try after you have finished your starter kit:

DVD VOLUME 1 BY CHRISTINE COLEMAN

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1. Invest in a DVD, they are well worth the money. In this DVD you will be able to work through 4 projects step by step and if it is too fast for you – just spin it back and watch it again!  The basic tools required are a bottle of white Tinta ink, a mapping pen, a bottle of gold Tinta ink. A few embossing ball tools /shader tools, a few oil pastel crayons or Dorso crayons and a single needle tool and parchment paper.

PARCHMENT CRAFT MAGAZINE

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2. Choose an easy design from Parchment Craft Magazine, you may be buying this magazine already, it is the only one available for parchment craft. Build up a collection so that when you get more experienced you will have a store of patterns to use in future projects. The tools and equipment you will need will be listed on each pattern.

The basic tool kit Parchment Craft Magazine suggest is :

a)Parchment Paper

b)Low Tack Tape

c)White Pencil

d)White ink and Mapping pen

e)Embossing tools Ball and Shader

f)Single needle tools both fine and bold

g)Two Needle and Four needle Perforating tools

h)Embossing mat and Perforating mat

i)Parchment Scissors or Snips

j)Metal ruler and a craft knife

k)Card for insert and double sided tape.

A BEGINNERS PATTERN PACK

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3. Invest in  a beginners pattern pack, it will be specially designed to be fairly easy to complete with clear instructions.  Dorothy Holness has produced a pattern pack ‘Mainly for Beginners’ which covers embossing and simple colouring. Tina Cox’s Beginners Guide and 8 Didi Card Patterns also has a special guide to help beginners master essential parchment craft techniques. There are eight small card designs for you to make, you can use them as toppers for larger cards and just mix and match the individual elements and have fun. Sometimes it is easier to make a smaller elements like butterflies or flowers or even labels,  and then assemble them into a card or wall hanging. Maybe buy some rainbow parchment to use behind the work to give a pretty effect.

FREE PATTERNS ON THE INTERNET

4. Get a free parchment craft pattern from the internet, some of my designs are here

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There are ‘step by step’ illustrated instructions available for this free pattern, have a go, all the materials you will need are listed here.

More free patterns by other designers are here:

All Things Parchment Craft

Florence Holmes

Purely Parchment

And there are loads more, just Google ‘Free Parchment Craft Patterns’

A PERGAMANO MINI SET

5.A Pergamano Mini Set  is an economical buy and  includes a set of clear stamps and a mini grid. They have managed to pack a lot onto these tiny grids, there is a border and central and decorative motifs. You could use these by, for example, stamping an image on to parchment paper and then use the matching grid to decorate it with perforations and/or embossing. Experiment and find out what you can do, when you feel confident buy the larger set of stamps and Multi Grids. Equipment you will need: an acrylic block to mount the stamps, inkpad, a single needle tool and perforating mat to use with the grid. If you are embossing you will need a ball tool and embossing mat as well.

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BASIC HANDBOOK BY LINDA WILLIAMS AND TINA COX

6. The Parchment Craft Handbook is a brilliant place to start it describes the traditional techniques for working with parchment paper, such as tracing, embossing, perforating and cutting. But also the more contemporary techniques such as working with multi-grids and stamping on parchment paper.  There are 19 projects in this book to keep you busy.

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A PATTERN FOR A BOOKMARK OR COASTER

7.  Try a bookmark or coaster pattern, these are patterns for small gift items that you can keep or give away as presents. It is easy to get the bookmark sleeves and the coasters to display the work:

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EMBOSSING ‘STEP BY STEP’ BY DOROTHY HOLNESS

8. Do you want to learn to emboss parchment, or improve your embossing? Work through Dorothy Holness’s Step by Step Guide  There are 8 patterns with step by step embossing instructions and illustrations plus practise leaves, flowers and bows to start you off. To gain the most from the lessons it is important to work through the book rather than dip into it.

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FIND A PARCHMENT CRAFT GROUP

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9. Looking for a Parchment Craft  group and teacher? The Association of Parchment Crafters keeps a list of tutors here.  There is also a map of tutors and parchment crafters here.

IMPROVE YOUR PAINTING TECHNIQUE

10. Painting can be the basis of a beautiful project. This book will teach you the ins and outs of painting on parchment paper from Master Teacher, Gerti Hofman.  With clear step by step instructions and photos. Gerti shows you many techniques including how to pick up paint and the best way to hold your brush. 21 projects, 8 of which are step by step.

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Have fun! if anybody has any further ideas please post in the comments

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