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…

Pin It!

Pandora_3

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!


Pin It!

Pandora_2

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


Pin It!

Pandora_20

Pin It!

Pandora_4

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.


Pin It!

Pandora_7

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.


Pin It!

Pandora_8

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


Pin It!

Pandora_10

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.


Pin It!

Pandora_12

Pin It!

Pandora_15

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!


Pin It!

Pandora_21

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


Pin It!

Pandora_24

Post in collaboration with PANDORA.
Posted in Fashion Illustration, Featured, Tutorials | 6 Comments | Share:

The Wreath Exchange

TheWreathExchange_Post

Posted in Fashion Illustration, Featured, In The Sketchbook | 3 Comments | Share:

Hand Painted Ornaments

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

Ornaments_1 Ornaments_2 Ornaments_3

Post in collaboration with Ebay.

Posted in Fashion Illustration, Featured, Tutorials | 3 Comments | Share:

GUIDE TO GOLD

Check out my Guide to Gold Paint here.

Golden_3 Golden_5Golden_1

See more of my guides:

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

Post in collaboration with Ebay.
Posted in Fashion Illustration, Featured, Tutorials | Leave a comment | Share:

TIME CHALLENGE

Sometimes seeing one beautiful color can spark an idea for a dreamy gown. Lately, I’m into shades of mint greens. Soft, airy, light and fresh! Especially when I think about this gownPayPal_1

I was stocking up on my favorite colors at Blick last week and ordered some Ash Green, Mint Green, and Cobalt Green Pale. I love shopping on Blick because I can checkout hassle free with PayPal (which literally took less than a minute!).

I love sketching under timed challenges. Setting a limit of 5 seconds, 30 seconds, 5 minutes, etc. It’s an amazing way to loosen up your pencil… and spark new ideas. 1 minute to #paypalit for supplies, and a few 5 minute sketches.

As soon as the paints arrived, I squeezed them onto my palette and got straight to painting!

5 minute Ladies in shades of winter mint…

    PayPal_6PayPal_3PayPal_4

Post sponsored by PayPal.
Posted in Fashion Illustration, Featured, In The Sketchbook | 1 Comment | Share: