General Information

General Information

What is Parchment Craft?

Parchment Craft is a very fascinating, creative hobby. By applying varying techniques on parchment paper, you can make all kinds of beautiful pieces. People have been working with parchment since about 500 A.D. The first real parchment was made from animal skins. Parchment was invented in Turkey and was used all over Europe for books, maps and important documents right up into the 18th century.

Parchment Paper
In the church, parchment was mainly used for prayer cards. Particularly in South America this craft took on a life of its own from which the parchment craft eventually emerged. The prayer cards were decorated with perforations and beautiful relief work in black and white and sometimes in color, handmade and later also by machine.
Parchment paper is naturally a light grey color. Due to the strength of the paper it can be modified in various ways without being damaged. A pattern can be transferred onto parchment paper using the Pergamano® mapping pen  and Tinta ink and can subsequently be colored in with one of the special Pergamano® coloring materials such as: Pintura, Pinta-Perla, Perga-Liners, Perga Colors or Dorso's. The beautiful decorative borders on greeting cards and other projects are made using perforating tools, embossing tools, Pergamano® scissors or various other Pergamano® products.

For more than 25 years Pergamano has already been a leader in the field of parchment craft. The range offers products for all techniques and skill levels. From gel pens and multi grids to multi-needle perforating tools and acrylic paints. In addition, the range also provides a wide variety of pattern magazines and books which are suitable both for the beginner and for the more advanced hobbyist.

Techniques and Products

For each technique Pergamano provides an appropriate range of products. You can combine various techniques and products in any piece of work. Below is a brief description of the different techniques. For all techniques the famous saying applies: practice makes perfect!

Click on the technique of your choice and you can download a PDF with more information.

Cutting out
Multi grids
Other colourants

(Pergamano Replacements Tinta & Pintura)

These techniques are more fully explained in the Pergamano Basis Book, the book The Art of Embossing and the book The Art of Painting. The uniqueness of these books is that you can practice all the techniques following the step by step instructions, pictures and easy patterns.

Do you already stock Pergamano in your store and would like advice on your assortment? Please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Would you like to introduce Pergamano into your assortment? This product matrix will provide you with a brief overview of the products, divided per entry level. For customized advice, don’t hesitate to contact us.

What is a Registered Pergamano® Teacher?

Registered Pergamano® Teachers are people who have been trained according to the guidelines of the International Parchment Craft Academy. After their training they are certified and self-employed teachers - allowed to use the trademark Pergamano® for their teaching activities. They organise courses to teach other Pergamano® enthusiasts Parchment Craft techniques on different levels. Furthermore teachers are contacted regularly by retailers to give demonstrations at their shops or to organise workshops. It gives the public a taste of what Parchment Craft has to offer. This will be of mutual benefit, as it encourages people to come to you for lessons but also boosts the retailers’ sales of Pergamano® products.

Click here for more information on teacher training and the registration form.