Handmade wrapping paper
HANDMADE WRAPPING PAPER ADDS PERSONAL TOUCH TO GIFT
Make your own handmade wrapping paper, suitable for every occasion, by using a variety of stamping and printing techniques. The process is easy and success is guaranteed, even for the little ones!
Create a large surface to work on that cleans up easily. Tape the bubble wrap to the table surface, bubble side up. Set out the paint in separate dishes with a sponge brush for each color. Paint the bubbles with a variety of colors that look good together. Choosing colors that are next to each other in a rainbow usually results in a harmonious look. Brush on some white in places to lighten the colors. Cut a 4 or 5-foot length of white kraft paper and place it on top of the painted bubbles. Press the entire surface of the paper lightly and then peel away. If there is a blank area on the paper, repaint the bubble wrap and place the white paper on top, being sure to line up the blank area with the bubble wrap. The entire piece of white paper can be covered in this way.
Cut a 4- or 5-foot length of brown kraft paper and tape it to your work sur- face. Decide on a color scheme for the wrapping paper. Brush the first color onto the flower head, gently covering all the petals. Press it onto the brown paper in a random fashion, making several prints before repainting the flower. Rinse off the flower under cool running water and blot dry. Now paint the flower head using another color, and stamp randomly on the paper. An interesting effect can be achieved when stamping the second color partly over the first color, causing the colors to blend where they meet. Do the same with a third color. Be sure the paper is evenly covered with stamped flowers.
Hint: White paint looks striking against brown kraft paper and also blends well with any underlying colors.
BLOCK STRING PRINTS
Check that the wood block has no splinters. Sand it lightly, if necessary. Cut a length of string about 18 inches long. Tape one end of the string to the back of the wood block. Wrap the string around the block three or four times; the pattern can be random, but be sure to wrap very tightly, as the string stretches when wet with paint. Trim off the excess string and tape the loose end to the back of the block. Tape the end of another 18-inch length of string and wrap it around the block at a 90 degree angle to the first string. Trim and tape the end. Cut a piece of white kraft paper to the desired length and tape it to the work surface. To “ink” the string block, either dip it in paint or use a sponge brush to apply the paint. Stamp it several times on the kraft paper, re-ink, and stamp again. Use at least three colors for a lively effect, rinsing the block under running water and blotting dry before applying another color. Superimpose the images if desired.
Paper can dry flat, or, if the paint is not too drippy, be taped to the wall.