Make gift-giving extra fun and special this year. Create your own personalized gift tags by following this awesome tutorial by Ruth Wilshaw of IG: @ruthwilshaw!She'll be showing us how to create these super cute jumper gift tags using gouache paint!
Check out her step-by-step process below to create one your own! Take it away, Ruth!
Hi, I'm Ruth of IG: @ruthwilshaw and I love to paint with gouache! Gouache is a versatile water-based medium popular for illustration and today I'm going to share with you a tutorial for making your own Christmas jumper gift tags. These are simple to make and will add a touch of hand-made to your gifts this holiday season. If you don't have any gouache, you could use watercolor or acrylic paint to make your tags.
Paint: I am using Aessa gouache paints for my tags.
Brushes: Grab your favorite brushes. I use any old brush to paint my background areas, but like to use a small size 1 round brush for details.
Paper: For nice firm gift tags, use 140lb watercolor paper. I love the Canson XL cold press watercolor paper.
Template Page: The templates for the gift tags are sized to fit 12 on a regular 9x12 sheet.
Transfer Paper: The templates for the tags can be traced with a light pad or bright window, but you will find transfer paper super helpful for transferring detail once you have painted the sweaters. I use white and regular transfer paper depending on the color I am applying it to.
White Pen: Text and tiny details are much easier with a white pen. I used a fine tip white Posca paint pen. If you don't have a paint pen, you can use a small brush to paint the text. One of the best things about gouache is that if you make a mistake just let it dry and then paint over and try again.
Twine or Ribbon
HOW TO CREATE CHRISTMAS JUMPER GIFT TAGS:
Trace the tag and jumper outlines onto your paper. You can mark the hole with a small dot. The template page will fit on the sheet twice if you start right next to the edge. You can also trace the outline of the deer, the tree and the stripes at this stage.
Don’t trace any of the other fine details yet, such as the text or holly leaves as these will be applied once your jumper is painted.
Cut out your tags.
Paint your sweaters whatever Christmassy colors you like! Leave a tiny line of white where the edge of the cuffs and collar are to give you a guide when you come to paint the ribbing. Allow your paint to dry between each layer.
Paint the striped jumper different shades of the same color. Paint the deer head and the Christmas tree. For my deer I just left it the bare white of the page.
In a slightly lighter or darker color outline the jumper, the collar and cuffs. Add lines for the ribbing.
Use transfer paper to add the smaller details to your painted jumpers. Alternatively you can lightly pencil these elements in by hand. I used white transfer paper for the text and lightly penciled in the holly pattern and leaping reindeer by hand.
Add all the little details to embellish your tags. The reindeer sweater gets a red nose, paint the holly in green and red and paint the tiny leaping dear on the striped jumper. I added a snow cap to my Christmas tree and a few extra stripes to my striped jumper.
Using your white pen, go over your text and add a healthy sprinkle of snow to everything!
Use a regular hole punch to make a hole in the top of each tag. Add your choice of ribbon or twine to finish!
And you're done!
CHECK OUT THE FINISHED PIECE BELOW:
I hope you enjoy painting these little jumpers and adding them to your gifts. If you find yourself rather attached to your tags after making them, just string them up in a line for an adorable Christmas garland to pin up above your desk!
Have a question about this process? Comment below and we'll do our best to answer you!
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