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How I Saved Time by Altering Cheap Wrapping Paper

How I altered cheap wrapping paper art journaling style

How do I add a playful creative touch to gift giving when time is limited and I can’t make a masterpiece?  I alter the wrapping paper.  I found these very affordable (97 cents a roll at WalMart) wrapping papers that had patterns ready for transforming into mixed media wrapping using art journaling techniques.

As the rush of the holidays descends on me, playing on the wrapping paper helps keep me sane and as a bonus I get my gifts wrapped!

Watch How I altered cheap wrapping paper mixed media style on YouTube.

Doodling with careful precision and attention to detail can create amazing patterns.  This isn’t that kind of doodling. This is fun, fast, and playful doodling right on the wrapped gift.  A handmade touch but only a few minutes to do. And a bonus mini video from Instagram!

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How I altered cheap wrapping paper art journaling style

A bit of color was added to the santa’s on this paper using fineliners filled with acrylic ink.  Be sure to check out the video and see what happened as I filled the bottles! O.O.P.S.!

How I altered cheap wrapping paper art journaling style

At first, just a little color was added and it wasn’t nearly enough so a second round of color was added with even more loose sketchy lines around the jolly men.

How I altered cheap wrapping paper art journaling style

The bold pattern of ho ho ho’s have a touch more personality and fun when sketchy lines are traced around the letters. Nothing precise or in the lines, just loose and free.

Next time you are wrapping a gift, take a look at your stash of wrapping paper and see how you can add a mixed media touch to it!

How I altered cheap wrapping paper art journaling style

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!

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  • Jean Marmo December 9, 2016, 3:51 pm

    What a delightful idea!! Absolutely love this!!

  • Cody Doll December 12, 2016, 10:39 am

    People will definitely know they came from you. I was think of using newspaper blank to decorate, not that I have anything that needs to wrapped.

  • Karen May 7, 2019, 12:14 pm

    I have got my mitts on some truly fugly Christmas wrapping paper that’s years old, and I’m going to be using it as drop papers. What really interests me is how well it’ll take a good painting over – can it be turned into usable wrapping paper that looks totally different? Going to give it a go…