hand-painted wrapping paper

I love making my own wrapping paper. It's fun to give gifts with hand-made elements and unique paper. Sometimes I do carved block prints. Sometimes it's simple drawings. This time (for my sister-in-law's birthday this past weekend) I did bold hand-painted squiggles. I mixed up her favorite color, put some large kraft paper on the floor and made big shapes. I think it turned out fun. And she liked it too. :) And it inspired a daily pattern (the last image on this post). I like the bold strokes... tea towels? pillows? (I'm working on making my patterns come to life somehow. Stay tuned!)

penelope dullaghan - hand painted wrapping paper

penelope dullaghan - hand painted wrapping paper

penelope dullaghan - hand painted wrapping paper

penelope dullaghan - pattern from hand made wrapping paper