Almost a month has passed by since my last entry and I felt that it was time for me to give you all a heads-up on what I have been up to. Clearly, my main focus has been on updating and improving my online shop sites. I had already opened my Art Print shop on this website but I had been aiming to open an Etsy one for a long time which has recently come to fruition.
So, this is the main announcement this month and just in time for holidays, my new Etsy shop filled with originals and also my best featured limited edition art prints. I have been really trying to level up the descriptions, price range and image references for all the items. I have taken into account valuable feedback by artist friends and followers who have kindly commented on what they wished they could purchase. Although I am not offering discounts at the moment, I will do a giveaway right before Christmas, so stay tuned through Instagram and Facebook!
Another improvement for my stores has been the whole wrapping process and finish. As you can see in the top image, I now use yellow silk paper to wrap my orders and to make things even more fun, I am trying to recreate the Japanese art of folding and wrapping. If you have been following me, you should know by now that I am quite fond of Japanese culture. I came across a demonstrating video of it on Youtube and I was hooked! I love the diagonal lines it created, instead of the traditional folding finishes, if you understand what I mean. If you love origami, you will surely be enthralled by "origata", Japanese formal art of gift wrapping. I also found a great explanation and examples of it at the Shima-Shima page. I really admire the delicacy with which the Japanese approach every discipline. Being a thorough person myself, I find endless inspiration in their ancient culture.
In this series of images, I want to show you the process of wrapping one of my giclée print postcards with these small gallery of images. You can see the initial material the I use: small scissors, silk paper, washi tape and ribbon. Then, I start placing the item sideways on a corner of the silk paper, as you see in the second image. I fold from the top and afterwards from the right side and roll the postcard over the paper, until the last two remains of silk paper can be taped. The last touch consists in adding a sticker on top.
If you are not certain about some of the steps, don't fret, as I will make a video about it soon. In the meantime, you can check the many tutorials out there but if you want to see my process, just subscribe to my Youtube channel and I will make my best to show you everything. Also, do you know where can you get lots of inspiration? Need I say it? Pinterest, my friends!
Last but not least, I will also mention "furoshiki" as another really beautiful and sustainable way of wrapping presents and gifts. If you know and love Lush, as I do, you might have seen this gift wrapping option in their stores. Furoshiki are traditionally a type of Japanese wrapping cloth used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods.
I really hope this post was interesting and useful for you and if you have other gift wrapping ideas –Japanese or not– or methods that you apply, please share them in the comments below.
Thank you for reading!