The Latest in Paper Craft Books and Supplies

Every now and then I enjoy browsing Amazon to see what's new in the world of paper crafting. Enticing books are often included in the Hot New Releases list, and this time I also spied a couple of beautiful paper collections.... they would be fun to try out while making projects from the books.

Uncommon Paper Flowers, a paper craft book with paper flower arrangement in vase on the cover

Uncommon Paper Flowers from Chronicle Books looks like a beauty. Celebrated paper designer Kate Alarcón reveals the rich histories and unique characteristics behind 30 remarkable plants alongside instructions for crafting stunning paper versions of each one. These eye-catching creations make perfect wedding centerpieces, beautiful arrangements (that never wilt!) to brighten a home, and cheerful gifts for any occasion. October 15 is the release date, but it can be pre-ordered now.

book cover of Making Marbled Paper - Paint Techniques and Patterns for Classic and Modern Marbleizing on Paper and Silk

Marbled papers have always appealed to me and I'd love to learn the process... thus, Making Marbled Paper by Heather Fletcher looks right up my alley. Included are more than thirty marbling patterns and an interactive step-by-step workbook. Learn marbling history along with multiple techniques. Coming October 14 from Fox Chapel Publishing.

cover of Gift Wrapping Papers Collection - Rainbox Watercolors

You might think a rainbow gift wrap collection is a curious choice to include in this round up, but I've often used wrapping paper as backgrounds on handmade cards and as a substitute for origami paper. Add in the fact that I love watercolor designs as much as marbled ones... well, I was hooked the moment I saw them. Available now from Tuttle, a respected publisher of origami books and kits (and also the publisher of my own All Things Paper book), it includes wonderful gift wrapping ideas.

cover of Folded Book Art, a paper craft book, features papercut mermaid and books pages rolled as waves

If Folded Book Art by Clare Youngs sounds familiar, that's because you might recall the excitement when the hardcover version was first featured here a couple of years ago. Now it's out in paperback with a different cover image, but it is the same wonderful book filled with 35 creative projects. Published by CICO Books.

cover of Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars, a paper craft book, with images of origami, kirigami, and quilled examples

Another lovely re-release, coming September 17 from Kodansha USA as a paperback, is Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars. It features 75(!) designs from Ayako Brodek, whose specialty is origami and kirigami, and Shannon Voigt, who is a quiller. You'll find 25 step-by-step projects that utilize each technique, along with an inspiration gallery that shows how to turn the fruits of your labor into useful and even gift-worthy items.

box of celestial watercolor scrapbooking papers in five colorways

This set of independently published scrapbook papers caught my attention because, as mentioned above, watercolors are my happy place. The double-sided Watercolor Galaxy Collection, presented in printed book style by graphic artist Leska Hamaty, is just one of many appealing designs. She suggests their weight is suitable for decoupage, scrapbooking, card making, and origami. Leska has a popular Etsy shop, LeskasDigitals, where the same designs are available if you need to print an unlimited supply. (Btw, everything is currently 40% off during a storewide Summer Sale.)

colorful woven Japanese paper notebook

A couple of other things to bring to your attention... registration for Helen Hiebert's enjoyable Paper Weaving e-class just launched. Learn new skills while making shaped paper weavings, a window/wall hanging, a table runner, cards, a book, and a lantern. Class begins July 10, but don't wait to register, especially if you'd like to order a supply kit of specialty papers and more. Earlybird pricing ends June 17.

woven Japanese paper lantern with battery operated candle

If you're on Instagram and would like to own a 'Helen-made' paper weaving, she will be sending this lovely Japanese paper woven notebook or lantern (both projects are included in the class) to one lucky person who comments on this Instagram photo - winner's choice! The giveaway ends on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

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  1. Ann - if you get a chance to take a class in paper marbling, it is well worth it. I took one a few years ago at the John C. Campbell folk school in Brasstown, NC ( and it was wonderful! I left with a good understanding of the process (that I felt comfortable replicating at home!) and tons of papers that I had made during the week, as well as fabrics and silk scarves that we had the opportunity to marble. It is a great technique where you can be really creative. Pat Thomas taught my class and she was an amazing teacher, but I would trust anyone they had teaching. Hope it is something you can do in the future. I'm not affiliated with them in any way - I just thought the class was fantastic!

    1. Thanks Bev, the class and Pat sound wonderful; I appreciate the tip! A trip south may be in order.

  2. How wonderfull! I love all the incredible new techniques in paper crafting!! Just look at that lantern!!! Love it!


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