Azure Jane Lunatic (azurelunatic) wrote,
Azure Jane Lunatic

Vorkosigan-inspired giftwrap

A Valentine's day or two ago, I had something to give to my beloved. (Hair elastics. His hair was growing back out after a dreadful haircut, and I wished to encourage this trend.)

Most Valentine's Day wrapping papers are unsuitably mushy for the unique friendship we have. Roses, hearts, and cupids are all out. So, I made my own.

I really do like making wrapping paper for small gifts. I take a sheet of blank paper, and draw a repeating pattern on it.

For Darkside's gift, I chose a few appropriate objects, based on the romance I'd been reading. As I'd been reading Lois McMaster Bujold's A Civil Campaign, I based my wrapping paper on what the main romantic hero, Miles, had been doodling during a meeting of the Council of Counts. I drew hand grenades, round black bombs, sticks of dynamite, explosions, and small hearts, in a regular pattern. It was quite lovely. I inked it with a black Pilot V-Ball Extra-Fine liquid ink pen, and then colored it in.

Sadly, the true genius of my work went underappreciated. The recipient of the gift pointed out that hearts would be more seasonable than explosions. I pointed out the hearts.

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