Saturday, 16 December 2017


At this time of year I love to settle down with a pile of Christmas presents and pretty wrapping paper.  I oscillate between using expensive designer paper and cutting up and using colourful magazine pages.

This time I thought - why not print some wrapping paper?
I got rather carried away, playing with real art and/or Photo-editing programs.

Now hang on to your hats because there are seven designs and I am going to ask you at the end which one you like best.

1.  The Snowman.
Made from my snowman painting. 

2.  Pretty fabric.
This was quite interesting.  I cut out patterned fabric and made simple fabric shapes.

3.  Wild garden
This was painted with watercolours and watercolour pens and the colours altered with Photoshop to make it more dramatic.

4.  Snow Burst
This started off as a painting and some time later, using photo-editing programs, turned into this.  It's fun when something like this suddenly appears as those of you who use photo-editing will know.

5.  The Pink
The basic block was a small part of an acrylic painting.  I like the colours of this one.

6.  Dark Rabbit
You may remember Dark Rabbit which was painted using only the computer mouse.  It has always been one of my favourites.  I think it makes an interesting wrapping paper with the bright colours against the black, and the magical Dark Rabbit.

7. Lilac flower
I was quite fascinated by this one.  It is bits of three of my paintings thrown repeatedly on to the screen using actions in Photoshop.  Sounds odd, but that's how I made it.

Here are presents wrapped using three of these papers.

So which one of the seven is your favourite?
Here's mine.
I choose 6. Dark Rabbit because I love the original painting, followed by 7. Lilac Flower because of the way it came together in such a surprising way.
But that doesn't mean I don't like all the others too.

Linking to 
"Art Journal Journey" where the theme (chosen by me) is "Let's Celebrate!"
and to
"Moo-Mania" where the theme is "Christmas".


Dortesjs said...

waue great idea, hope the gift taker keep the paper afterwards. love your paper

Tammie Lee said...

Seeing your photos wrapped changed everything. They look gorgeous!

I like snow burst, lilac flower and dark rabbit. But then when i saw your gifts, wow!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

My favorite is Snowman and my second favorite iis Dark Rabbit. However, each has wonderful qualities, especially after the gifts were wrapped. Thanks for sharing these with us today at Art Journal Journey. They certainly brightened my day! Oh, and I would definitely wrap gifts in PINK, too.

My name is Erika. said...

Wow Sheila, these are amazing wrapping papers. So much better than what you can buy for sure. I think I'd take anyone of them for my gift (ha-ha-ha) but I think my favorite is the snowburst or the snowman. Very smart of you to think of taking your patterns and turning them into wrapping papers. Happy weekend. hugs-Erika

geistige_Schritte said...

wonderful are wrapping papers!!! all very pretty idea!!!
Advent greetings Elke

SusuPetal said...

OMG! These are all so great! But, The Dark Rabbit appeals to me the most, then the Snow Burst.

Happy wrapping!

limmelon said...

Dark Rabbit !! Snow burst is terrific too. You should go into production. Love them all, Awesome !!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I would say my favourite is Lilac Flower --- even though this is more a springlike maybe birthday wrapping paper - I can tell you that your gifts wrapped in these personal papers look fantastic! I love all your paintings - specially snow burst is terrific!
Hope you are well and enjoy the season my friend!
You made me happy to stop by Moo Mania & More as well with your wonderful post!
Happy Sunday and a good start into the new week for you Sheila!
Your "Let's Celebrate" theme is so versatile and I am thrilled about the many entries already linked to it even though it is this busy time of the year for us all! Well done with the theme!

Rosie said...

Fantastic projects

Thank for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

Annie said...

I want to start all my wrapping all over again using YOUR papers! Your papers and packages look so amazing and festive. Now, this is a bit of unnecessary cruelty on your part, making us choose favorites...don’t you think?! LOL. Ehh, you know I’d try choosing anyway. I just have to go with Pretty Fabric first. I just love those bits of colorful pieces on the dark background. Wild Garden also calls to me. Yes, Dark Rabbit as well. They all are marvelous paper creations. The Lilac Flower is so pretty for a Spring/Summer gift wrap. This is so inspiring. I imagine there are going to be more handmade gift wrappings in the months to come by many of your followers.

Christine said...

Gorgeous creative wrapping paper, I love the snowmen!

Meggymay said...

Fabulous papers Sheila. It would be hard to pick out a favourite, but the snow man one would possibly be my choice.
Yvonne xx

Rike said...

Now this year you have printed expensive designer paper by yourself! It is too hard to choose the favorite, I like them all - each paper is a gorgeous artwork!
I have to learn more about photo-editing, I see now!
If you really want me to tell you my favorite - it is 2 - "simple fabric shapes", because they turned out great on this lilac background!
Rike xx

The Happy Whisk said...

Excellent idea! Love it. Happy Christmas.

Gibby Frogett said...

Oh these are brilliant Sheila.. you clever thing! and don't they look fabulous on 'real presents' too :) I love your snowman painting so 1 and 4 are the obvious choice for Christmas (I love the kaleidoscope effect no:4 has) but all would work wonderfully as paper.
6 made me smile - I thought also that the 'dark rabbit' reminded me a little of a 'Studio Ghibli' character (can't remember the name of it) them all!
Gill xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Oh, well let me see, which could my favourite be? I think it may be the snowman with its colour and detail, or maybe the pretty fabric with the rich colours, or the wild garden with its dramatic look, or the snowburst with its beautiful frosty blue, or the pink with its repeating design and rich colours, or the dark rabbit peeking from behind the flowers, or even the lilac flower in its pretty garden. Nope I can't decided 😉 ... I love them all for their beauty and uniqueness! I hope you had a lovely weekend! We've just got back after visiting family, we had a great time and with lots of travelling involved it's nice to be home 😉. I think that's a wrap 😉. Wishing you a happy new week! J 😊

johanna said...

4 - 2 - 6... my choice. i bought a kaleidoscope on sunday on a Christmas market... so my Preference of no.4 is obvious. but i like the others as well.
have a merry Christmas week:)

Sue (this n that) said...

How very clever you are Sheila! Your gift wraps are gorgeous... My favourite is the snowman xx

sirkkis said...

Wonderful unique papers, Sheila. My favorite is snowman one, love it 💕
I'm wishing you and your happiness and joy for Christmas holidays 🎄🌠

Mascha said...

Wow, what a lot of beauty and creative ideas!
My absolute favorite is 3. Wild garden
than 4. Snow burst and 1. Snowman, but they are all so beautiful, hardly to decide.
Never tried make christmas wrap paper by myself (I only often take brown paper and stamp on it)
Merry Christmas from Germany

Little Artbee said...

My favourite is the pink and green paper, but all the others are also nice. Such a lovely idea to make wrapping paper from your little artworks. I am very thrilled.
Merry Christmas dear Sheila

stefanie stark said...

Such a wonderful idea! My favourites are: 4 the snow burst, 1 the snowman, 7 the lilac flower and 3 wild garden. And they are all so pretty! Merry Christmas to you!

Evergreen Mo said...

1 and 5 are my favourites but all are great. Once more very clever colourful work

Annette P. said...

What a wonderful idea! I like the wild garden very much!
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year!
Hugs, Annette

Claudia said...

Your pictures are always so creative and inspiring, I love them! I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2018.

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

Oh Sheila, Your wrapping paper is fabulous! It's really hard to pick a favorite. I love Snow Burst but Dark Rabbit and The Pink are fantastic as well. Lilac Flower is very lovely too but wouldn't be my first choice for Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Lowcarb team member said...

What a great idea - they all look good.

All the best Jan

Beo said...

Your digital art is wonderful, as always! And I really hope the people who get presents wrapped in it will know that their presents are wrapped in art!!!

Jackie said...

Wow, I'm so impressed. I love them all, but if you forced me I would have to pick the first one with those jolly snowmen. Jx

kat said...

Wow what a show, I love snow burst , then wild garden, then snow man.....but yes all are super fab, such fun and energy!

kat said...

Lulu loves lilac flower best. Xx

janie said...

I think I love the snowman the best but they would all make great cards or covers for journal much energy in your artwork