From my crafting bookshelf: Paper to Petal

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Paper to Petal is a gorgeous book. I can easily lose time looking at all the details in each spread. More than being beautiful it is a recipe book for crafting paper flowers. Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell have meticulously laid out instructions complete with every last material needed for each flower they've shown in the book. This is why I say it's a recipe book. With all cook books that come into my life I look at the recipes for inspiration and then use the ingredients I have on hand. Using this book was no different.

The magenta flowers are based off the books Five-Petal Sweeties and the bigger blooms were my own exploration based on techniques from the book.

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Paper flowers are of course a perfect thing to adorn gifts like the one below. That special wrapping was for a baby shower gift. The flowers used techniques from the Rainbow Ruffle book instructions, just with a bit less ruffle. 

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I used watercolor pencils to accent some of the crepe paper before making the flowers. The leaves are made from tissue most likely saved from a shoe box .

I used watercolor pencils to accent some of the crepe paper before making the flowers. The leaves are made from tissue most likely saved from a shoe box .

There are some other pertinent details about the book. It is Martha approved complete with a lovely forward by Stewart. The back of the book contains petal templates that you can trace or photo copy as well as an extensive list of resources. It is a book I know I'll use for many years. 

DIY or buy: Reusable polka dot wrap

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DIY: This is an easy 30 min gift wrapping project (more or less depending on the quantity you make). Also this could be a good project for older crafty kids.

or Buy: If you like the look but don't feel like making them I've got a limited quantity of polka-dot bags available in my Etsy shop.

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Materials
– Muslin Bags (small quantity, or large quantity)
– Cardboard
– Scissors
– Krink, broad tipped paint markers (Also available locally in San Francisco at the 1 AM Gallery)

Krink is an art supply designed for graf. It's designed to be drippy which I'd like to explore more. It comes in a few pen styles. When I first encountered Krink I'd been on the hunt for the old school bingo markers. This was a much better option with many color choices. 

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1. Cut cardboard inserts for the muslin bags. This will prevent bleed through to the other side.

2. After inserting your cardboard shake your pens and start polka dotting.

3. Repeat with as many colors as you choose.

4. Wait 10-15 mins for your bags to dry. Flip and repeat if desired.

Tip: Open a window. Ventilate your work area.

Works for other occasions. These would be great party favor bags.

Works for other occasions. These would be great party favor bags.

Make winter wrap with inexpensive colored parchment or Fadeless Paper often used in classrooms.

Make winter wrap with inexpensive colored parchment or Fadeless Paper often used in classrooms.

My Etsy shipments get the polka dot treatment to.

My Etsy shipments get the polka dot treatment to.

Show and tell: Wrapping with Pepin Press

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It's getting towards peak wrapping season but before we completely dive into Christmas I thought I'd share some wrapping paper for use all times of the year.

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The first time I encountered these gift wrapping books from Pepin Press was at the MOMA bookstore in NY. I gave myself a two book limit. Now I'm slowly growing my collection of these Pepin Press books and have been adding one to my Amazon orders when I need to qualify for super saver shipping. I've seen these being sold on FAB as well but they have been more expensive there.

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The books are essentially 12 unique pages of gift wrap along with a short write up (in 8 languages!) about the origins of the patterns in the that book's theme. Many of the patterns come from Pepin's 30 year old archive. The wraps are all printed on high quality papers and vary in finishes even within books. My most recent purchase included wraps on un-coated stock as well as some coated with a satin finish in the same book.

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I think one of the reasons I'm drawn to gift wrap so much is because I love pattern. Gift wrapping has also been a great way to experiment with pattern mixing. I long to travel to see the textiles and patterns of the world. These books offer a nice introduction to some of those traditional patterns.

Top Left: OpArt, Top Right: Barcelona Tiles, Bottom Left: Skeletons, Bottom Right:  Psychedelic  

Top Left: OpArt, Top Right: Barcelona Tiles, Bottom Left: Skeletons, Bottom Right: Psychedelic 

Wrapped using paper from the Psychedelic book.  

Wrapped using paper from the Psychedelic book.