7 Books for People Who Love Crafting with Paper

October 6, 2016 by Erin Behan

If you love crafting with paper as much as we do, then you know the importance of a good crafting book. The best books on crafting both instruct (with easy-to-follow projects, from beginner onward) and inspire (with beautiful photos and aspirational designs), and these seven paper crafting books do just that. Don't forget to stock up on paper and card stock at DistinctPapers.com; after all, when inspiration strikes, you want to be prepared.

7 Books for People Who Love Crafting with Paper
Learn Calligraphy: The Complete Book of Lettering and Design (Watson-Guptill, 2001)
This comprehensive calligraphy book by Margaret Shepherd, who has authored numerous works on calligraphy, is considered the book for budding calligraphers. Shepherd's years of experience shine through in the text, which itself is hand-lettered — she highlights potential newbie problems, offers tons of practical advice and practice sheets, and gives helpful hints to those looking to learn the fine art of calligraphy.

Creative Lettering and Beyond (Walter Foster Publishing, 2014)
Creative lettering takes cues from calligraphy, but as this book by Gabri Joy Kirkendall shows, there's a whole lot more to the art of lettering. Whether you're someone who wants to get into modern calligraphy, illustrated letters, chalk lettering, or lettering craft, the book has you covered — with plenty of prompts for practice. If you've been inspired by Pinterest to create your own chalkboard quotes, this is your book.

7 Books for People Who Love Crafting with Paper
Easy Origami (Dover Publications, 1992)
Sometimes the name says it all, as with this book by American folder extraordinaire John Montroll. With 32 simple but satisfying projects and truly easy-to-follow directions on creating swans, foxes, rabbits and more, it's a classic for the beginning folder of any age.

Kusudama Origami (Dover Publications, 2014)
As we mentioned in our blog post, Origami for Beginners, there is more than one type of origami. This book by Ekaterina Lukasheva gives amazingly clear instructions on creating kusudamam or traditional Japanese paper spheres. Though the designs look complex, she breaks them down for ease of duplication. This is a whole other level of origami "wow."

7 Books for People Who Love Crafting with Paper
The Art of Papercutting (Search Press, 2015)
The art of papercutting starts simply enough, with paper and a craft knife, but the complexity artists can bring to the method can make it seem out-of-reach. Leave your intimidation behind as you dive into this book by Jessica Palmer. You'll get a quick history lesson in the origins of papercutting, and she also provides a robust how-to section for those yearning to get into the craft.

7 Books for People Who Love Crafting with Paper
Paper to Petal: 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand (Potter Craft, 2013)
If you've ever been fooled into thinking that a paper flower is the real deal and wondered "How'd they do that?" then this is the book for you. Written by husband and wife team of Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell, the book contains equal parts inspiration and instruction, with projects rated by difficulty. The photography throughout the book is such a step above what you usually find in craft titles that it could double as a coffee table book. Oh, and Martha Stewart wrote the foreward!

Paper Made! 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper (Workman, 2012)
If you're more of a paper generalist and less of a specialist, this book is for you. Author Kayte Terry has gobs of fresh ideas that use paper products you already have lying around the house (magazines, candy wrappers, old maps, paper towel tubes) and turns them into something more — a vase, purse, some jewelry and more. The end results look sophisticated, but the designs themselves aren't too hard to pull off.

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Erin Behan

Written by Erin Behan

Erin Behan is an L.A.-based writer and editor who considers fine paper one of life's little pleasures.


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