WrapLove Materials

All of the WrapLove projects can be created with art supplies you may already have to hand – please substitute, adapt and re-purpose!




  • A roll of thin (minimum 80gsm) paper cut down to gift-wrap-size sheets. Not so thin that colour bleeds through, but not so thick that it’s hard to bend and fold)
  • Maps! Ordnance Survey Maps, an atlas, town plans, travel brochures, navigational sea charts, road maps, city guides, cloth-backed Bartholemew’s….
  • Sheets of plain tissue –I like crunkily crisp acid-free stuff best
  • Paper ephemera –sheet music, encyclopedia pages, dictionary pages. Light, thin paper is ideal
  • More ephemera! –old novels, obsolete engineering manuals, encyclopedia, nature guides, specialist trade magazines etc.
  • Two sheets of tracing paper, minimum A4 or US letter size
  • Large sheets of paper, 100gsm minimum. Go for a textured surface, if that’s an option
  • Waste paper to protect surfaces
  • Test paper to try out pattern effects and paint density


  • Printing ink or poster paint
  • Ribbon –I’m using a narrow cotton weave
  • Thread -Cotton, linen, wool, embroidery thread
  • Heart template (pdf or draw your own)
  • Washi tape
  • Watercolour paints or inks
  • Kitchen roll
  • Matte tape
  • Baker’s twine
  • Fabric ribbon
  • String or wool
  • Tags (Template pdf and thin card) or label punch or bought tags
  • Double-sided tape(12mm/half inch)


  • Paint brush, preferably flat and wide
  • Big brush for loose marks
  • Finer brush for lettering
  • Mixing pots
  • Potatoes, ideally small and new
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Soft pencil (easy to rub out)
  • Rubber (Eraser)
  • Needle
  • Cutting mat
  • Scalpel
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Metal ruler
  • Scalpel
  • Bone folder (optional)
  • Apron (optional)
  • Damp cloth or kitchen roll for keeping fingers clean