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Blueprinting to create one-of-a-kind wrapping paper.

Blueprinting to create one-of-a-kind wrapping paper The blueprint process allows architects, designers, and engineers to make an unlimited number of copies of their drawings. You can use the same process to conveniently create your own personally designed holiday wrapping paper.

Using black ink (a felt-tip marker works well) and well-defined shapes, make your drawing or write your greeting on a large sheet of translucent paper; tracing paper or architect's vellum (available at artists' supply stores) is best. Write in large letters or use a repetitive motif. Then take the original to a blueprint services company (look in the yellow pages under Blue Printers).

The service runs your drawing through a "diazo" blueprint machine, making any number of black or blue line prints (the blue is close to lavender). The diazo process differs from traditional blueprinting, which creates a white image on a blue background (see page 122 of the November Sunset).

Expect to pay about 15 cents per square foot, or about 95 cents per typical 24- by 36-inch sheet. Other options, such as heavier paper or sepia-toned printing, may be available at a higher cost.

At first the copies smell strongly of ammonia (part of the printing process), but this odor dissipates in a few hours. Keep printed sheets away from direct sunlight; it can cause fading.
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