Today were sharing an easy DIY from Anna Joyce‘s new book Stamp Stencil Paint. Anna is a textile designer based in Portland where she makes the most beautiful clutches, table linens, pillows and scarves (isn’t this pretty?). And in the book, she gives tutorials for her signature hand-printing techniques. Today we’re giving away TWO copies! You can learn how to add patterns to fabric, ceramics, paper, leather and walls! Make sure you click through below for the contest details and to get our DIY instructions for her Handmade Wrapping Paper…
Handmade Wrapping Paper by Anna Joyce
Hand-printed wrapping paper makes the gift inside even more meaningful. The patterns for this project are so straightforward that I invite you to have fun playing with the colors and placement of the shapes. This technique could easily be adapted for other paper projects, such as gift bags, note cards, or party décor. If You like to spend time crafting with your children, this project is ideal. Any pattern looks lovely when stamped by little hands, no matter how “messy.”
Step 1: Cut the roll of paper into 30″ x 24″ (76.2 x 61 cm) sheets. Do not worry if the paper curls up—the moisture from the paint will help flatten the sheets after you have finished printing.
Step 2: Trace the templates and then cut out the shapes you want to use. Tape each template on top of the foam block and use a utility knife to trace around the edge, leaving an impression in the soft foam.
Step 3: Use the utility knife to cut into the foam using a sawing motion, carefully following the traced line. Gently peel back foam as you work and continue to saw through the remaining foam until it separates fully. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to carve as many of the designs as you would like, placing a separate design on each block.
Step 4: Make a test print.
Step 5: Take one of the sheets of paper and tape all four corners to your work surface to keep it flat while you print.
Step 6: Choose your first stamp and charge with paint as you did when making the test prints. Print in vertical stripes from left to right until the entire sheet of paper is covered with pattern, leaving at least 1″ (2.5 cm) between each stripe.
Step 7: Repeat steps 5 and 6 for each stamp and color you decide to use for the wrapping paper. Be sure to clean and dry your stamp and brayer in between paint colors as needed.
Step 8: Lay the sheets of paper flat to dry; store rolled or flat.
**These items are needed for virtually every stamping project. Arrange them nearby when you begin working: Canvas drop cloth, Utility knife with extra blades, Linoleum carving tools, Scissors, Self-healing cutting mat, Ruler and/or yardstick, Plastic or paper cups for mixing ink, Plastic spoons, Acrylic artist palette, Bone folder or smooth wooden spoon, Artist tape, White paper for tracing designs, Scrap paper
And here’s how to win a copy of Stamp Stencil Paint for yourself:
(Giveaway is now CLOSED. Our winner will be contacted via email. Thanks!)
The giveaway ends on Monday, 10/12 when the 2 winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!
Photography by Lisa Warninger
Photostyling by Chelsea Fuss