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PAINTED GIFT WRAP

At last, my favorite time of the year has arrived! Winter coats, hot cocoa, warm fires, decorated streets. It’s such a wonderful season in New York City. Of course with Christmas approaching, I’m searching for the perfect treasures to gift to my friends and family. I put together a bespoke PANDORA Essence and Christmas Collection bracelet for a friend… but I couldn’t find a wrapping paper that I loved. I wanted something special because the wrapping is just as important as the gift itself! So with an artist’s mindset, I went home to my drawing table to create my own gift wrap.

Follow along as I guide you through my process below…

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I like to use white craft paper (brown is nice too), which you can find at most craft stores. I pick a color theme (in this case, wintery mint!), and prep my supplies to get ready to paint. You can also do this with markers, pens, and really just about anything! Use your imagination!


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Stringing personalized charms onto a PANDORA double strand bracelet to complete the gift.


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Next, I like to mark the size of the box on the paper with light pencil marks. That way I know how much area I’ll need to paint (don’t forget to include the depth and sides of the box). Also, this helps me judge how large or small I should paint the pattern so that you’ll be able to see it once the box has been wrapped.


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For this paper, I’m going to paint rows of ladies in mint green holiday gowns. I begin by painting their faces, arms, and torsos – since it’s the only area of skin that will show.


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Next, I paint the gowns. I like to vary the mint color between dark and light to make it less flat.


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Once the gowns are painted, I go back and add little dotted details with a light mint or white paint. Before it has a chance to dry, I sprinkle some matching glitter over it to add some holiday sparkle.


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Once the glitter is on, let your paper dry completely. When it’s dry, funnel the excess glitter into a bowl to clean it off. Tap the back of the paper to ensure you get all of the loose glitter off (there will be less of a mess when you’re wrapping!)

When the paper is dry and the excess glitter has been dusted off, you’re ready to wrap your gift!


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Voilà! Wrap it with a box, and it’s ready to be gifted!


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Hand Painted Ornaments

Check out my guide to creating your own hand painted holiday ornaments!

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GUIDE TO GOLD

Check out my Guide to Gold Paint here.

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See more of my guides:

Guide for the Traveling Artist / Creating an Art Box / Favorite Sketchbooks / Holiday Gift Wrap

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An Artist’s Guide to Sketchbooks

My sketchbooks are one of my most prized possessions.Simply because they are documentations of my imagination, thoughts and travel, and how it’s changed over my lifetime. I look back at a sketchbook from 15 years ago, and my mind can immediately shift back to the mindset I had at the age of 14 years old… or at least trigger memories of what that time was like; and boy how they have changed!

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I believe that keeping a sketchbook is one of the most important methods to improving and growing your art and creative mind. Sketchbooks allow you to be free… and delve into your deepest imaginations. One of my favorite sketchbook exercises is to do blind contour sketches. Simply to sketch an object or person without looking at the paper, or lifting my pencil/pen. It improves hand eye coordination, and the result can be both therapeutic and often quite humorous.

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“A drawing is simply a line going for a walk”

Paul Klee

(Click the link above for a great article on sketchbooks!)

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Set your imagination free!

Take your lines for a walk. Long walks, short walks, it’s all the same fun.

Check out my Artist’s Guide to Sketchbooks & A Guide for the Traveling Artist.

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TRAVELING ARTIST

They say, “Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer”, and I full heartedly believe that. Travel does something to you that no book or movie could truly let you feel. The scents of different cities, it’s one of the most wonderful things. Like the warm scents of fresh pastries and cafe au laits that fill the glowing streets of Paris on a Sunday morning. The scents of sea life accompanied by the sounds of rushed buyers in the Tokyo Tsukiji fish market, or the eerie silence just outside of Santa Fe, with an occasional howling from coyotes in the dark of the night…

Traveling inspires me. It’s inevitable. You place yourself in a new part of the world, and your mind opens up without the slightest effort. You see things you’ve only read about, dreamt about, heard about! It all becomes real before your eyes, and it’s difficult to describe what a sensation that is… it’s pure inspiration, pure magic.

I like to carry art supplies with me to capture my travels, and to quickly document new ideas and inspirations. I remember sitting in an apartment I rented with a friend in Paris, and looking out the window to see someone cleaning in the apartment across the way. They hung a colorful diamond patterned rug out of the window, and I just thought it was so strikingly beautiful against the pale stucco building. So I captured it in my sketchbook.

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When I travel, I try my best to travel light. I like to be able to throw my painting supplies and sketchbook in my bag and not think twice about it. My absolute favorite travel accessory is my Escoda brush. It transforms from a small protective casing, to a full size brush. Take a look through my guide for the traveling artist here.

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