By Andrea K. Hammer
Did you ever notice that exploring a new area of interest often leads to another discovery sparking your imagination? While researching material about book arts as we conceived and developed unique editions at Artsphoria Publishing, every element of creating and presenting ideas and images continues to hold fascination. Several books about paper making and paper crafts, including the following, have contributed to ideas about the endless possibilities:
trash-to-treasure papermaking by Arnold E. Grummer: With great appeal for like-minded environmentalists, this useful resource provides step-by-step photo instructions. Easy-to-follow directions cover making pulp from newspapers and junk mail in a blender, greeting cards and other art projects for recycling enthusiasts. Information about paper making kits and equipment for schools, along with other resources, is also supplied.
New Papercrafts from Lorenz Books: This excellent book provides details about basic techniques for paper mache, decoupage, paper cutting and collage, decorating paper and paper construction. Along with materials and equipment lists, numbered and succinctly described steps are offered for more than 125 projects for all levels of experience. They range from creating parchment paper art to woven paper cards.
Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts: This model of exquisite paper design and quality has an outstanding section on related projects. Some of the appealing ones include instructions for creating marbleized paper–with a gorgeous example in this book–as well as sources for materials. Along with details for making paper flowers , birds and more, an A to Z guide with detailed instructions will fill crafters’ hearts with joy!
Your Favorite Projects: Paper Making and Paper Crafts
Can you recommend any projects in paper making or paper crafts? Have you tried to make or marbleize your own paper? Share your tips now!