I needed to use one recently because of two reasons: my studio was a mess and I had run out of time to carve out a wrapping space.
But using a giftbag does not necessarily mean abandoning the the wrap artist’s improvisational mission.
I removed the long rectangular boxed gift from it’s shopping bag. After a quick review of a large box containing odd materials that are candidates for induction into the wrap artist’s hall of innovation, I turned instead to two sheets of tissue paper that had been wrapped around the bouquet of flowers I was also giving.
Placing the tissue at an angle, with the box at the bottom, I rolled the gift quickly into a very loose and open column, which both revealed the two colors of the tissue and created gradations as the tissues made contact and then parted ways. I stuffed this assembly into the bag.
The angle wrap created a quasi-floral form which offered up canyons into which I immediately wanted to plant with something stick-like and colorful. Amid the clutter on my larger drawing table I saw a packet of recently-discovered and colorful chenille “pipe cleaners” left over from a thanksgiving turkey-craft session I conducted sometime in the previous century.
I began tucking them in the folds. It took a bit of arranging to get them looking good. And they did tend to rearrange themselves. But I was still ready in time for the breakfast presentation. Haste makes waste useful.