I got my Studio Calico kit on Friday. Along with the kit, I had ordered some American Crafts binders. So the kit came in a big box with some packing paper. A few pieces of crumpled newsprint. Well, I couldn't let that newsprint go to waste! I decided to pretty it up and turn it into wrapping paper.
This is what the newsprint looks like when you pull it out of the box:
I used a Permapaque by Sakura.
Now, go ahead and draw a design all over the paper. I chose to do flowers.
After I was satisfied with my flowers, I added three colors of Adirondack Color Wash (Butterscotch, Red Pepper, and Stream).
(All the water actually flattens out your paper too, which is a nice side benefit.) While the paper was still wet, I picked out a few flowers to decorate with gesso.
To finish it off, I flicked my paintbrush (loaded with water and gesso) to get great big white splats everywhere.
And I used watercolor paints for a bit more control in the coloring phase.
I skipped the gesso and sprayed this one with red and then black watercolor splats.
Here's another look at the scale of these doodly paintings:
It takes up a lot of desk space!
Once your pretty doodles dry, you can roll up the paper and save it to wrap a gift later, or you can use it right away. Wouldn't you like to get a pretty gift like this?
It's for my Dad (yes, you can put a flower on a package for a man), whose birthday is coming up soon! The flower, by the way, is from Nat Kalbach's line of paper called eMotions. Pretty, right?
So, the next time you get a package don't just throw away the stuffing! Make it into something lovely!
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