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seeking to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it. And in many ways it is my journal of everyday life. If you click on the Index you can see my posts under various topic headings.
I am a Freelance Journalist and Photographer based in Bunbury, Western Australia. My published work specialises in Western Australian travel articles and stories about inspiring everyday people. My passion is photography, writing, travel, wildflower and food photography.
Most recently I have been enjoying exploring other art genres, including Eco-printing with Australian leaves onto cloth and paper.
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Monday, 26 November 2018

How to hand print wrapping paper

 Last week I had the opportunity to attend a workshop run by Marie Wilkinson from TLC Marie (Tactile Learning and Creativity) at the Dardanup Shire Hall as part of the Dardanup Shire's range of free short workshops.   Marie is an artist who is very generous with sharing her techniques, and I spent a very enjoyable couple of hours creating with a lovely small group of ladies. These workshops are so much fun and you go home with something you have made.

At the workshop we learnt how to hand print wrapping paper and I would like to share the basic steps with you here.  It is so easy when you know how!
There is a simple and economical range of supplies - 
* sea sponges - collected from the beach and washed, or I think you could use a shower sponge
 * acrylic paint - doesn't need to be an expensive brand
* sheets of light weight cartridge or roll of brown paper
* some old cardboard rolls to make into shapes
* something to use as a pallet - ie a takeaway plastic container lid, which can be washed and reused.
* gloves if you want to keep your hands clean
* a flat surface to work on
* some A4 paper to practise on!  

Yes sea sponges!  If you are near a beach you may be able to collect these, and rinse them well to get ready for use. Or I think you may be able to use a shower sponge. 
First we dabbed the paint onto the paper. You can have multiple layers of paint and as thickly covered as you like. I tended to be rather light handed with my dabbing.  But make sure you dry the paint (you could do this with a hair dryer) and rinse the paint off the sponge between colours. There is no right or wrong, just go for it and have fun.
The next step is to use some shapes to make patterns over your sea sponge prints. This can be done easily with shapes fashioned or cut from the end of a cardboard roll, or you could use cookie cutters. Anything that you can put into the paint on your pallet and transfer the shape onto your paper. 

At this point I would highly recommend practising on a smaller piece of paper first so see how it all works before you commit to your final piece of paper.  I probably got caught up with this flower pattern on both my white and my brown piece of paper, and didn't have time to experiment with anything else, but I liked it. The patterns can be as formal or random as you like.

 So there you have it! easy! You could make greeting cards this way too.  My best advice is to not overthink, just do, and enjoy! Put some nice music on in the background to wrap you in your inspirational space. 

Thank you so much to Marie from TLC Marie for the very enjoyable morning and workshop.  
And the Dardanup Shire for their fabulous library workshops.

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  1. Beautiful papers. I used to do this with my students when I taught. They were all young chidren, so not as artistic as yours. They had fun though! Enjoy the last week of November.

  2. Oh my goodness! How do you find the time to pursue so many interesting things!!?? I am sitting here watching the rain pour out of the sky and thinking of finishing off a book I am reading. . .while hoping the power doesn't go out amid the thunder and lightening!

  3. Hello Jill, the workshop sounds like fun. I love the pretty images. You are creative. Have a happy day and a great new week ahead!

  4. What fun! Greatthat your Library sponsors these creative opportunities!

  5. Such beautiful printed papers are too precious to get wrinkled in wrapping :)Happy MM.

  6. Beautiful works of art. Would be better to frame some of them rather than using them for wrapping paper. - Margy

  7. Fantastic Jill! Very timely :) It's so much nicer to wrap things with handmade paper than shop bought. I shall definitely try this - and a great craft to do with grandchildren.

  8. Jill - super creations! I am quite familiar with using sponges for painting, especially with ceramics, but the cardboard tubes is a new idea and I love how the designs turn out. I can see why you got caught up with the flowers! Thanks for sharing this "how-to" with all of our Mosaic Monday readers - just in time for the holidays!!!

  9. I'm going to book mark this post. I would love to try this. It would be great to have some paper done this way for the Altered books I make! Thanks for giving us some tips!

  10. Funny artworks!

    Now it’s time for reading… MosaicMonday times! Each Monday a great pleasure.
    I enjoyed your post.

    Heidrun xxx

  11. Jesh - All Seasons27 November 2018 at 22:02

    Hello Jill,

    Sea sponges give great textures! I used it for my water colors.
    Wow, you are going the whole nine yards with prettying up you wrapping paper:):)
    Love to see this, and it looks like you had fun doing this.You have so many interests:)
    Thank you for sharing your gun experience! Have a great week, Jesh/junieper

  12. Jill, What a terrific way to spend a few hours. Love work and a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. Sylvia D.

  13. What an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon with the added bonus of unique wrapping paper to take home.

  14. That looks like a lot of fun. I've added it to my list to do. Thanks for the steps, Jill. :-)


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