This Christmas I decided to do something I'd never done before - make my own wrapping paper! I'd previously applied my textile background to scarves, wall hangings and paper goods but never thought of wrapping gifts in my own prints.
Living abroad and not working full-time meant I had less money to spend on the usual extravagant items but more time to find thoughtful presents. I also devoted the extra time to creating unique wrapping papers that reminded me of each recipient.
I set out to make the outside of each gift as beautiful as what was inside, with the additional option of saving some of the paper as a memento.
I've never been fond of the traditional printed wrapping paper, and in years past have always opted for a graphic print or metallic foil.
Armed with my surplus of ribbons and trimmings from design school, a large roll of white paper and a last minute trip to Michael's for some paint + findings, I set out to create paper that was entirely my own.
Read along for my inspiration and ways you can up the ante under your tree..
P.S you'll want double sided tape for this!
Tone on Tone..
Pink on pink or silver on grey? I love a monochrome tonal look (whether it be in streetstyle or now wrapping!) Layering multiple shades of one colour is a simple way to create a chic statement in your recipients favourite colour! Keeping the palette clean and restricted is key here! This is also an excellent way to use up and old ribbons or trim you've got lying around. Don't be afraid to tie more than one on!
My Christmas shopping took me to some interesting places in London, and I've always had a flair for exotic or tribal influenced styles. I decided to nod to that inspiration with some loose mark-making in black India ink and heavy copper paint. String made from the remnants of old saris, gold horns and wicker ornaments completed the far flung look!
You can try out the tribal inspired look by using graphic black and white prints or any bold abstract printed paper. Instead of traditional bows and ribbons, I used burlap, spun silks and raffia!
Seemingly clashing colours and prints combine in this trend for the person on your list who marches to the beat of their own drum. One part, one part independent this person will love the subtle nod to their multi-faceted personality! The key here is that even though things may seem a little "off" the scale of print and contrasting colours unify the presentation!
Whether it's my wristgame or wrapping paper I love all things silver. Keep your presents looking chic and modern with an allover silver and black theme. Tying on tassels or ornaments is another way to tie in the metallic colours and give your gift extra pop.
For the art lovers on my list I painted some abstracted prints inspired by famous painters. The resulting ink blots and gestural brush strokes make for a chic and cultured alternative to festive snowmen and Santas. For extra polish I finished these off with grosgrain ribbon and sequinned flowers.
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