Today's Tutorial Tryout tests a gift wrapping idea from artist John Boak's Wrap Art site. His website is fun. It looks so professional that I was confused at first - is someone trying to sell me something? No, it's just a man who loves to wrap gifts.
After poking around the Wrap Art site for a while, I got the feeling it was done by an artist. For one, each creative gift wrapping image is given a title (Ribbon Style, Angled on Tissue, Tricolor Marker Pattern, etc). And two, he makes notes for each project that have this visual analysis feel.
The folding creates a finished look, with a slight pillowing effect which gives a rich dimensionality to the bands. The paper for the bands comes from catalogs and marketing flyers. They have beautiful textures. The paper just arrives at one's house unbidden; it is satisfying to have a use for it.I love it.
I like a lot of his ideas for gift wrap, but this "Band Collage" really caught my attention.
Since I didn't have an actual gift to wrap, I wrapped a business-sized envelope in pink tissue paper. Sometimes you give a gift certificate and want it to look nice.
I had some magazine pages saved that were perfect for this. (Yes, that is a hot pink print of a human brain. Thank you, Wired.)
I followed the user-friendly instructions and was satisfied with the process and result. I really think anyone could do this.
Here is the back of the envelope. Boak writes, "Take it easy. Focus on the front of the package. The back of the package is backstage; it's ok to let it be messy."
What do you think? I like that this gift wrapping idea could be easily customized for the gift recipient's tastes and interests. Take a picture for me if you try it!