lokta paper

A Sculptural Gift Topper for a Unique Gift

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Red and white gift with sculptural topper | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com This present was for a friend of mine whose sense of style is confident and ecclectic. I wanted to wrap it in a unique way that reflected her mastery of combining high art with folk art. My aim was to create a package that was crafty without being rustic — something that looked refined.

The jumping off point was the Nepalese lokta paper — the “bean” pattern is one I knew my friend would like, in a colour that I associate with her.

Ribbon didn’t seem to suit the paper, so I chose a micro-thin red elastic instead, winding it around the gift several times to bulk up its visual weight, then tying a double bow.

For the topper, I made a sculptural piece using craft supplies — dyed red matchsticks and white felted wool rings. I kept it small so as not to compete with the paper, but tried to make sure it wouldn't get lost among the pattern.

This packaging is definitely not something you’d see anywhere else.

What do you think? Did I achieve the crafty refined look I was after?

Red and white gift with sculptural topper | CorinnaWraps.wordpress.com

Friday Find: Tile-Patterned Lokta Papers

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tile-pattern lokta wrapping papers from Paper Source Made in Nepal from the renewable fibers of the lokta plant, lokta paper is not only one of the nicer papers to wrap with because of its lightness, these sheets also boast stunning repeat patterns reminiscent of Middle Eastern tile work. Left to right: Lokta Red Blossom Circles on Blue Fine Paper, $4.95 US per sheet (20 1/4" x 29 3/4"), Purple Swirl Ornament On Natural Fine Paper, $6.50 US per sheet (22" x 30'), Green & Gold Tile Pattern On Natural Fine Paper, $6.50 US per sheet (20" x 30"), Paper Source.

My Wrap Stash: Patterned Papers from The Paper Place

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Lokta papers from The Paper Place When your favourite neighbourhood paper store is having a big sale, it's hard to resist splurging. But I'm very proud of myself; last week I bought only eight sheets of paper — six for $10, and two not on sale. Above are two lokta papers (the third I got is one I've bought before) and below are some Italian papers I've been coveting for ages. I believe The Paper Place's sale ends tomorrow, so if you're near Toronto's West Queen West, it's worth stopping by to see if there are any deals left.

Italian wrapping paper from The Paper Place

+ Photography by Corinna vanGerwen