How to wrap presents creatively,
using fragments of paper and
miscellaneous items from around your house

NEW WRAP GALLERIES: 181920

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All you need are pieces of paper, tape, glue sticks, hot glue or double sided tape, and these three ideas.

 

Absorb these 3 ideas

IDEA 1: BITS AND PIECES

You can use small fragments of paper.

You can use odd, non-wrapping materials, such as twigs, bottle caps or even colorful breakfast foods.

IDEA 2: 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.

IDEA 3: CONTRAST

Contrast of color.

Contrast of light and dark.

Contrast of texture or material.

Contrast of line (angled paper on rectangular boxes).


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Gallery Twelve: Band Collages



Band Collage

Ribbon Style

The band collage is made with strips of paper whose edges have been folded. 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. The under-wrap is plain white paper. The name tag is a wedge of red card stock slipped under one band.

Contrast: Contrast of image textures. Contrast between the literalness of photography and the abstraction effected by the band composition.

Easy: This wrap is a bit slower than some, but produces satisfying results with little compositional effort.

How to: click here for a page on Band Collage technique.






Band Collage

Angled on Shopping Bag

This band collage has increased the angled placement of the bands, using both overlays and open space, revealing more of the under-wrap, a silvery shopping bag.

Contrast: Contrast of image textures. Contrast between bands and the solid, metallic background.

Easy: It is fun to play with the effects of various image bands.

How to: click here for a page on Band Collage technique.



Band Collage

Angled on Tissue

This band collage uses wrinkled tissue in a strong color for the under wrap. It also leaves more open area, so the bands are more like ribbon. A simple "bow" of image paper has been added.

Contrast: Contrast of image textures. Contrast between smooth bands and the wrinkly background.

Easy: Slow but satisfying.

How to: click here for a page on Band Collage technique.



Big Band

Reusing Scraps

The bands were made from larger scraps of old wrapping paper. This wrap demonstrates how to handle boxes that are not as thin as my other band wraps. This one is done on a white underwrap made from old press proofs.

The challenge here is to cover up the ends of the bands. One lays on a band or two, then studies ways to cover up the ends with next two or three bands. You should tape (or glue) on the ends of the bands; this allows you to tuck in the ends of new bands as the wrap progresses.

The label is a wedge of two paper scraps. Its triangular shape resonates with the shape of the gaps between the bands.

Contrast: Contrast of patterns. Contrast of square box and angled forms.

Easy: Moderately easy. Requires improvisational skill as ever more bands are added.



Band Collage

Bag Handle Trim

A five-band wrap on yellow paper left sides exposed. So I covered them with cord from shopping-bag handles.

Contrast: Contrast of image textures. Smooth image bands and woven & twisted cords.

Easy: Fairly quick because of small size and limited pieces.

How to: click here for a page on Band Collage technique.



Scrap Band

with Gold Fringe

Parallel bands are one of the simplest of wraps. Just start at one end and proceed to the other. It uses up scraps handsomely. The gold fringe completes the wrap like a frame on a painting or a fring on a rug. You will want an underwrap so that your bands do not have to fit perfectly on the back.

Contrast: Contrast of patterns, image and color.

Easy: This is easy and quick.



Big Band

Diamond-Shaped Box

Band wrap does well with odd-shaped boxes. In this case I made the box (a fragment of a long square box) assume the diamond shape, gluing diamonds on its open ends.

The underwrap is wrinkled metallic tissue. The bands are all made of wrapping-paper scraps.

Contrast: Contrast of image textures. Contrast of warm-colored papers with silver pre-fab bow.

Easy: The wrapping is easy. Making the box odd-shaped is a frivolous use of time.



Band Collage

Tissue & Catalog

A five-band wrap on blue tissue paper.

Contrast: Contrast of image textures. Complex imagery and simple blue paper

Easy: Fairly quick because of small size and limited pieces.

How to: click here for a page on Band Collage technique.

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