Gift Wrapping Tutorial, Part 3: Making Your Own Wrapping Paper
I’m sure there are several ways to make gift wrap. But, this Christmas, I chose to do it my way… with printmaking and a block print. It is, perhaps, not the easiest, but it was very fun to me.
Disclaimer: if you are in my immediate family, stop reading this now. I don’t want to spoil any fun potential Christmas gifts for you. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
What you need for this project:
- linoleum block (found at art stores)
- an Xacto knife or a cutting tool
- a brayer
- a flat glass surface
- a baren (optional but helpful)
I first drew a design on a sheet of paper, then turned it over onto the block, and rubbed the baren over it… like you would a carbon copy sheet. I ended up tracing over the design on the block so that I could have a clear designation of where to cut. Using the Xacto knife, I cut away all the space that would be negative space, leaving the areas that I wanted to be used as the stamp.
Now to the printing part… I used some Speedyball water-soluble ink and squeezed it onto a glass surface… for me, it was the flat part of a glass casserole dish. I rolled the ink all around the surface until the brayer had a smooth, thin layer. I then rolled the brayer over the raised part of the linoleum block.
I lifted the paper over it where I wanted the print to mark on the paper, and I used the baren to smoothly slide over the paper on top of the block. Then, I slowly lifted the piece of paper, and voila! Our Christmas card!
Easy enough, right? And, the block can be used several times and washed clean with soap and water.
So, I used this same technique to create wrapping paper! I cut out a series of images (I even used the Christmas card image!), and started stamping away. I used a large roll of gold paper from the local teacher supply store, and I got to all that printing!
What do you think? You could use this for most any type of color and occasion! And, it’s made by you with a little bit of whimsical charm!