Plain paper (I used our painting paper roll. This paper handles water well and is a weight that is nice for wrapping.)
Cups for all colors
1) Supplies 2 and 3) Fit gift to packaging
1) Fit your package to the paper and lightly mark the beginning and end of the package.*
2) Mix paints from color ranging from 0% – 100% in individual containers.
3) Using the markings as your guide, paint one color strip at a time, beginning with 0 or 100%.
Overlapping each strip slightly, paint stripes that gradually go from light (0%) to dark (100%)
4) Let dry.
5)Wrap and enjoy
* Note: If you would like to make a stock of wrapping paper for future use, cut rectangular pieces. When you start painting, increase the 0% area an the 100% area — approximately twice the size of the other areas — this will ensure that you have good variation when it comes to wrapping time.
Paint Note: I tried this with watercolors, gauche, tempera and acrylics. I preferred the first three to acrylics for their translucent or powdery surfaces. These first three mediums work well both quite dry and very watery for a translucent surface. If you use these watered down, make sure that you dry flat or even stretch, taped, on a surface and then press immediately after drying.
Great projects to “ombre!”
Big + Small Project: Striped and Dipped Wooden Utensils — paint in “ombre” colors