03 Aug RORSCHACH’S POLKA DOTS – EASY DIY WRAPPING PAPER
I recently had an idea to tie dye some wrapping paper, which was obviously going to go awry as soon as the paper got wet with ink. But after trying a few things (and ending up with a kitchen that looked like Jackson Pollock had just popped over for a cuppa), I figured out a way to dye the paper using folds which spread the ink in different directions. And it looks pretty cool. A bit like a Rorschach ink blot and some polka dots had a slightly drunken party in my craft cupboard.
It’s great wrapping paper for in-laws, dependants and potential spouses. Not only will you delight them with a stylishly wrapped gift, but you’ll also be able to spot any potential psychopaths according to their reaction to the paper… which is always handy to know.
Watch the video to see how I did it.
A roll of paper – I used Ikea drawing paper, you could also use wallpaper lining paper which you can get from any hardware store. It needs to be porous and quite thick. Regular A4 paper will be too flimsy.
Food colouring – I used diluted gel colours and mixed them together to get the colours I wanted.
Black ink – I used drawing ink, undiluted for the black dots, it is more intense than black food dye.
Some jars to mix the ink in (a plate would be too shallow).
A teaspoon to dollop on the ink.
A few tips…
Use the folded grid to figure out a pattern, at first dropping ink on every 3rd crease, then fill in the gaps. Build up you pattern slowly with a combination of large and small ink blots.
If you add ink to wet ink it will spread and mix the colours in an ombre effect. Like the red and yellow here.
If you wait until the first colour is dry, you can layer the colours in clean shapes, like the blue and yellow on this one.
Photography, video & styling: Emma Scott-Child