On Wednesday I shared our incredible tour of the Luigi Bevilacqua velvet weaving workshop in Venice.
The gorgeous velvet fabrics they create are filled with rich colors and many of them have metallic threads shot through them as well. I especially loved this combo …
A vibrant pink with a metallic gold background.
Although their fabric is well out of my price range, I decided I could easily make my own Bevilacqua velvet inspired wrapping paper for Christmas.
I started by gathering my supplies.
I’ve got plain brown wrapping paper, Dixie Belle’s Peony, Fusion’s Pale Gold, Prima Marketing stencils in Imperial Damask and French Damask and a small foam roller.
Next I added gold ‘threads’ to the brown wrapping paper by using a cheap chip brush to dry brush Fusion’s Studio Metallics Pale Gold over the paper. The texture of the cheap brush made it perfect for this technique. Just use a small amount of paint and lightly brush it over the paper.
It didn’t take long to do the entire roll. I just kept unrolling the paper as I went and stretching the roll across the room to dry.
By the time I got to the end, the beginning was dry enough to start loosely rolling the paper back up again.
Next, in an ‘it was meant to be’ sort of way, I found that the Prima Marketing Imperial Damask and French Damask stencils fit almost perfectly across the width of the brown paper. The design portion of the stencils is about 22″ x 26″.
I like to use a small foam roller when working with these larger stencils because the paint goes on much more quickly than it does with a stencil brush.
I just pour the paint onto a paper plate and then apply it to the roller. As always with stenciling, I used a fairly dry roller so that my paint wasn’t too sloppy.
I just kept going down the length of the paper, lining up the pattern at the edge of the previous pattern each time. I wasn’t super careful about that, this was only wrapping paper after all. But even so, I can’t really tell where the edges were in the finished paper.
I think the matte finish of the Dixie Belle Peony paint was perfect for recreating the look of velvet, and the Fusion Studio Metallics Pale Gold underneath adds just enough shimmer and mimics gold threads perfectly.
You aren’t limited to just wrapping paper with this technique, it also worked beautifully on a cardboard hatbox …
and also on brown craft paper gift bags.
So even if we can’t quite afford that beautiful velvet fabric from Venice, we can certainly make our own knock-off faux velvet wrapping paper at a fraction of the price!
The only problem is that these presents are so pretty no one is going to want to unwrap them!
If you enjoyed this post and you like the idea of making your own gift wrap, be sure to check out the copper gift wrap I made a couple of years ago. I paired it up with some lengths of old player piano music rolls …
And then there are last year’s pink gift boxes.
It seems like it’s turning into a bit of a tradition for me to create my own gift wrapping each year. I suspect it’s a bit of a luxury to have the time to get this elaborate with my gift wrapping.
How about you? Do you take time with your wrapping, or are you up until midnight on Christmas Eve just hoping you don’t run out of tape?