gift wrapping mini-guide

Gift wrapping is surely one of my favorite things about the holiday season. When others are busy unwrapping their presents and getting excited about the packages’ contents, I’m usually checking out the wrapping and wondering which parts of it to keep for the next season. I even took a small collection of wrapping paper and essentials like glitter with me to Switzerland!

As you can tell, I start looking forward to gift wrapping quite early in the year… so let’s get started with this mini-guide! 

Step 1: Gather up your essentials and any other stuff you might be able to use. You can make your gift wrapping endlessly creative and fancy but today we’re sticking to some simple ideas. I love using kraft paper for wrapping because it’s extremely cheap in comparison to all the super expensive wrapping paper out there and with a few tricks it can work really well.

Step 2: Start by wrapping your gifts in kraft paper. Try to fold visible edges inwards so that the paper looks thicker and then use tape to secure them. Once your gift is wrapped there are two options. Either you now tie a ribbon around it and decorate it more afterwards or you start by decorating it. In this slideshow I tied a ribbon and some jute rope around it first. I like to use jute rope because it feels very rustic and therefore works well with the brown kraft paper. 

Step 3: Now to the really fun part – the decoration. In this example I used gold glitter around the edges of the present and then attached some tags. You can purchase these cute Christmas gnome tags in my shop or make some yourself.

The glitter, ribbons and tags work so well together… this one is finished!

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Here are some more examples. The little instructions explain the basics of how I achieved each look. Especially a mixture of different ideas that all incorporate the same materials, the same paper, ribbons and colors will look great under the tree!

Last but definitely not least, I decided to add a little color – icy blue!

The cold blue ribbon goes especially well with the icy glitter that I dotted around this ‘Merry Christmas’ wrapping. The glitter and blue remind me of ice queens and snowflake fairies….  oh I love that theme –  snowflake fairies! 

I think that will be the theme for my Christmas gift wrapping this year. What colors do you think are big this year? 

Stay tuned for more Christmas ideas later in the season!

 

 

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Autumn in Geneva

Ahhh… It gives me such a sense of achievement to post a new painting 🙂

Every painting is a lot of work and when it’s done, I’m excited because I can show it to you and I can move on to the next project. Exactly 8 days ago, my fiancé and I spent the day in Geneva. We visited the Patek Philippe museum and walked around the old town. I took photos of some of the gorgeous old houses there and immediately started painting this one when we got home. I love the autumn leaves framing the house and decided to accent them with some fake gold plating… what better way to bring autumn’s golden light into a painting?!

Some more pictures of the painting in a frame:

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I know some of you like to see how a painting progresses from start to finish, so here’s a short slideshow of the process. I always start out by drawing the complicated parts of the image in pencil. In this case, that was mainly the house and the window details. Usually, when using acrylic paint one should start with the dark colours and finish with the highlights, however, especially when painting houses and landscapes I like to start painting whatever is the furthest in the background first. Basically, I try to paint it like reality made it… I hope that makes sense to you.

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‘Autumn…. the year’s last loveliest smile’ – W. Cullen Bryant

fall and a collection of taps

Good evening! Going for a sunset walk is always great but when it’s fall and the sun shines its golden light onto endless rows of vines, it’s a real treat. This evening I went for a long walk around my Swiss home, the air was so cold it burned my lungs but it was just too beautiful to stay inside.

You can see how low the sun was from my veeeeery long shadow! Haha, I wish my legs were that long.

And here are some of the photos I took for you to see. I love how only the lower leaves of the vines are turning yellow and now and again you see a leaf that’s golden brown.

I’m really getting into the mood for fall at the moment, as you might have noticed! A good friend of mine made some amazing roasted chestnuts for me this morning… incredible. Chestnuts and a cup of tea make for a very cosy combination when it’s pouring with rain outside all morning.

Well, back to my walk. I have realized that the vineyards are full of taps. Most of them are old and rusty and are actually quite interesting. I came across one that looked kind of blue as well as quite a few that were dripping. I hope you’re also enjoying fall, let me know what you think!

Giveaway, Giveaway: Win this fall-inspired painting!

I have some exciting news for you today, I’m giving away this painting to one of my lovely readers!

It measures 15 x 21 cm (6″ x 8.3″) and as you can see is painted on some really thick paper (640 gsm, handmade in India). Fall has finally arrived here in Switzerland, the vines around our village are turning yellow and it’s getting really chilly, I’ve had to turn the heating on. This painting was inspired by this wonderful season.

To enter, simply ‘Like’ RosannaBurfordStudio on Facebook!

To double your chances of winning, comment on this post letting me know what you love most about fall!

The winner will be drawn at random on Friday, 18 October.

Think this little painting would look great in your home or as a gift to a friend? Hurry and enter!

Good Luck, Rosanna

last days of summer

Sadly, I think summer might be over. I’m sure autumn will bring some golden sunny days but for now it’s raining. Last week, I was out and about (my parents visited me!) and took some new photos of my beautiful Swiss surroundings. I hope you enjoy them!

Btw I finished a new painting yesterday so pics of that will be coming soon!

tiny new studio corner!

Moving to a new home is always exciting but when you’re moving to a cute little flat in the Swiss vineyards it’s suuuper exciting 🙂

I have also finally managed to find a tiny corner in our new bedroom to call my own. Okay, I do also need some dedicated painting space but this is a start. I won’t have to tidy up my arty stuff all the time and I certainly have enough space to paint some small canvases. However, I will be searching for a larger studio in the coming months!

lucky parrots!

Hi, it’s been a while!

Down the road from where I live is a beautiful park. It is kept perfectly and all the plants are always perfect – very Swiss. Well anyway, in this park is an old villa and some outbuildings that used to be stables. There are large old doors to ‘garages’ for chariots and a semicircular pool through which the horses would pull the chariots in order to clean the wheels! (all of which you can see in the photo below)

Next to the outbuildings are some large birdcages which house these friendly parrots! I tried to talk to them but I think no one has taught them to talk. I wonder why they are here. They live in one of the best spots in town… lucky parrots!

electric boats are too slow!

Hi, I hope you’re feeling happy! I certainly am since I just got back from a nice evening spent with my man on Lake Geneva Switzerland on a small electric boat!

We knew it would be a slow boat but it was soooo slow. It was so slow, it actually physically frustrated me! 🙂 We rented it for an hour and sadly towards the end I felt quite queasy. My fiance dreams of owning a boat some day but I am quite unsure.

Below is a photo of this little boat…

 

Don’t you just LOVE this photo of a nautical knot!?!

I think it might be a good photo to paint. I will think about it!

 

We passed some hardworking rowers on a very old-fashioned boat… they smiled and waved at us as they rushed past us (yes, they were much faster than us!).

As my dinner, I took a small French pastry on the boat… yumm yumm! Pastry tastes even better with a view like this one :).

Beautiful Lake Geneva

The last two days I have had family visiting me in Switzerland, so I have been busy showing them around. The Lake Geneva region is so stunning, I just have to share some of the photos I took with you!

The amazing thing is that here Swiss perfection meets French charme and it works!