DIY Monochrome Wrapping Paper

I decided to do something a little different for my school books this year – making my wrapping paper so I can have prints I love. Since its the festive season too, and wrapping paper is expensive, here are a few fun ways with brown paper that are cost-effective and classy.

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You will need:

  • Eraser
  • Craft knife
  • Paint (I chose black acrylic)
  • Paint brush
  • Brown paper
  • Leaf
  • Newspaper
  • Tape

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Lay down some newspaper before you start – brown paper is quite thin and the prints you make may bleed through onto the surface under your paper.

Splatter

Tape your sheet of brown paper down. Mix the paint with a little bit of water and load your brush. Flick the brush and the paint should leave splatter prints on the paper. Leave to dry.

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Triangles

Carve a shape out of an eraser. A potato works fine too. Paint one side and press it onto the paper to make a print. Leave to dry.

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Leaves

Choose a leaf that has a definitive vein pattern. Paint the back of it, and gently press it onto the sheet of paper. Repeat it in a pattern you like. Leave to dry.

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Its really quick and simple. I love the monochrome, but if colour is your vibe, use different paints.

Hope you’ll try it out!

Nabeela x

Huge thanks to Imán Cassiem from Aesthete’s Perception for shooting for me! Check out her newly launched blog and Instagram account. 

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Made in SA / Deerly Studio

Hello

Today, I’m going to be writing about a few of the lovely products from Deerly Studio, which is owned by Monja Viljoen. Monja is the creative director and her passion is reflected into the ranges she produces. I love the mix of colours and modern typography that make up these interesting and fresh yet simple products!

 

 

Notebook

The cover is quite thick and made of a glossy cardboard. The colour combinations on this particular book are really striking and the print quality is excellent! The paper inside is lined and has a fun border made up of paint strokes. I was pleasantly surprised, because although the paper feels quite thin, it has minimal bleed-through when it comes to pen and even watercolour. (You know how important that is to me. I literally script everywhere with my watercolours!)

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Greeting Cards

The greeting cards are also printed on a lovely, glossy and thick cardboard. I love the bright colours and typography. They are simple and pretty, but still fun and modern. My favourite one is definitely the Good Luck card. That scripting is SO pretty!

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Gift Tags

These gift tags are simple and just the right size to pop in any gift bag or tie onto a ribbon. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I love art journaling and scrapbooking. These gift tags make perfect journaling cards too! The also come with a suede-y ribbon that feels almost leathery. It comes in a little roll, instead of in individual strips, so you can use it for anything! Such a good idea.

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List Pad

The list pad is really cool and thick too, and has a similar border to the one inside the notebook. It’s a bit more minimalist in comparison to the rest of the products, but I love the grey, black and white colour combination. It has lots of space for writing those long to-do lists and shopping lists, because the pages are nice and long. It can make grocery shopping or just general errands so much more fun!

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I really enjoyed writing about these products and photographing them was such fun too! What was your favourite item? You can find all of these products and more here.

Have a lovely week!

Miss Artsy-Crafty

{As usual, all opinions and photographs are my own. I wouldn’t write about products that I wouldn’t buy or use. Also, thanks Monja for sending me some of your lovely goodies! }

DIY Fabric Printing Idea

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Today’s post is a quick and easy idea. Lately, I’ve been quite into sewing and stitching, especially embroidery, as you’ll know if you follow me over on Instagram. I have been wanting to stitch other things too, like pouches, but I’ve held back because I haven’t found any fabrics around the house that I like enough to go through the effort of making something out of it.

I remembered pre-school days, when we used to use potatoes to make patterns and prints on paper. I thought I might use the idea to print onto a blank piece of fabric I had lying around. I tried it, using a potato and gouache (although I imagine fabric or acrylic paint would probably work better, but I didn’t have any) to print onto the fabric. You can literally carve ANY pattern into the potato, so its really versatile. I cut a triangle out of the potato and used gouache to make a triangle pattern on my piece of fabric, making the triangles tessellate. I also kept adding white to my paint, to get an ombre effect. It’s a very quick and easy DIY that requires minimal supplies, too! Give it a try.

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Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Creatively Using Prints

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Today’s post is one I’ve been excited about for weeks! I will be showing you all the different uses there are for prints! The ones in my pictures are some beautiful ones from Printspiring. There are so many things you can do with prints and I honestly had no idea that they’re so easy to re-size and use. (Cut me some slack, it was my first time buying prints).

Here are a few snaps of all the different ways I used mine:

Greeting cards

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Even although you can buy greeting cards in the online store, I used my print, re-sized it so that it was about A6 size and printed it. They make great cards for anyone creative and even for people who are not.The quotes are super inspiring too!

Mood Board Inspiration

I love collecting interesting little bits and pieces for my mood board such as quotes off Pinterest, photographs, clothing tags and my own handscripted work. This print was the perfect addition to all of that and the vibrant colours look great!

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Foward Planning Inspiration

You can print them out small and use them in planners and calendars like I did, below.They are great just to inspire you and add some colour to you planner.

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Wall Print

And of course, their original purpose, they look so beautiful framed. You can put a frame virtually anywhere, so where you choose to put yours is entirely up to you! I left mine hanging on the wall of my bedroom and I love seeing it there. It brings a fresh burst of inspiration, art and colour into my space.

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DIY Bamboo Quote Frame

I have two fun DIYs for you.I think that sometimes, the smaller prints can get ‘drowned’ by the rest of the items surrounding it, so here’s a quick idea for when you want to get something on its own.

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You will need: scissors, A6 prints, mini pegs, bamboo chopsticks and string.
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Step 1: Start by tying the chopsticks together using string. Make sure they are secure.
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Your frame should look something like this
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Step 2: Tie another piece of string tautly across the frame.                           Step 3: Peg the print of your choice onto the string.
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Lastly, find a place for your frame. I put mine on my desk. As you can see, my mood board is pretty full!

Fabric Wall Hanging

This next DIY is so simple but it looks beautiful!

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You will need: print printed onto canvas, chopsticks, glue, mini pegs, string/twine
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Step 1: Apply glue to about one cm of the print and wrap it around the chopstick
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Step 2: Leave it to dry. Next tie string the the ends of the chopstick that is on the top of the print
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Voila! Isn’t it pretty?

You can use fabric tape or cold glue too, depending on how thick your material is. My canvas material was quite thick, so I had to use craft glue instead of tape. The texture is so great on the canvas material too!

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I hope you have come to see how versatile prints are! I highly reccomend Printspiring prints. They are so colourful, fun and inspirational and are of high quality.

I had a lot of fun using them and they’re hand painted too which makes them even more pretty.

Enjoy the holidays, everyone!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{All opinions are my own. Thank you so much to Dee from Printspiring for being so generous. Also a big thank you to Jenny Traviss for so kindly assisting me with the printing}

You can find these prints at www.printspiring.com