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How to Make Colourful Wrapping Paper

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Transform your gift wrap with colourful and unique handmade touches! Using watercolours, Promarkers and Posca pens, you'll be able to discover the art of texture and layering to make showstopping gift wrap every single time!

Ideal for crafting beginners who want to start their creative journey with a no-fuss project, simply follow the steps below to create wrapping paper that's truly special for your nearest and dearest.

Project and instructions by Hobbycraft Artisan Aimee Gray.

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Step 1

This craft can get a little messy, so make sure to cover your surfaces. Test your pens and measure out the amount of wrapping paper you'll need. Turn your paper over to paint on the dull side for the best results.

Then, using your Indigo Blue Promarker, write a word or sentiment using large swirly writing. Here I have written 'Merry Christmas'. This should take up most of the page, and it doesn't need to be readable. This will form the basis of your design.

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Step 2

Using the wide end of your Sky Blue and Rose Pink Promarkers, add some lines to the page. Here I have used a range of different lines to create some texture! This will be our base!

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Step 3

Add cobalt blue to your palette and water down significantly. Use this to paint one half of the wrapping paper - and remember the messier the better! For the best results, make use of dark and light areas to really build up the texture of the design.

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Step 4

Now mix a pink using the Crimson Red and White in your paint set. Water down significantly. Cover the other half of the paper with pink in the same way you did with the blue.

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Step 5

Use any leftover paint to splatter across the paper, this will add another element to the design. Once you are happy with what you've done, wait for the paint to dry.

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Step 6

Once the paint is fully dry, use your white posca pen to draw out some large smooth lines. This will create a 'cut out' effect in the design - so keep it simple!

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Step 7

Go back in with your promarkers and add some more squiggles and lines in places that are looking particularly 'empty'.

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Step 8

Now you can wrap your gifts with your beautiful and colourful gift wrap!

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