The work of Sally Spratt is characterised by elegance and a dreamy, muted colour palette. A self-confessed monochrome advocate, it was after a stint with Australian label Bassike that the freelance illustrator and graphic designer was inspired to launch The Lust List – a marriage of clean lines, high fashion and watercolours.
The Lust List began as a place where Spratt could explore her mantra: If I can’t have it, I’ll draw it. Her feed includes watercolours of Alexander Wang dresses, Aquazzura heels and Sodashi skincare, some of the fashion industry’s most lusted-after items. But with her illustrations now appearing in the likes of Harper’s Bazaar and her Instagram followed by 60,000 rapturous fans, Spratt’s curated watercolour flat lays are highly sought-after themselves.
Spratt recently launched her first wrapping paper collection, believing that “it’s become more about the way it’s wrapped than the present itself now… it becomes such a personalized and thoughtful gift.” So how can we create our very own Christmas wrapping paper? We sat down with the artist at her studio – an impossibly beautiful bay window in Bellevue Hill – to find out.
A large roll of brown or white paper
For that extra touch:
Ribbon or twine
To start, lay out your paper and go for it! The simpler the illustration, the easier it will be.
Begin small and draw the shapes as many times as you feel works. You could try varying the size of the object or turning the paper around to play with the angles. Using pencils first helps.
Using the lightest colour or tone, put your first layer of paint down. Once dry, add your darker colours to accentuate shadows or detailing. Drying time is important so be patient, or failing that, a hairdryer might come in handy.
Once you’ve one your painting, add extra cheer with glitter and wait for it to set. Coloured dots are also a simple but effective way to brighten it up.
To finish, add a personalized note, ribbon or some twine. Voila.
If you have a penchant for fashion and watercolour illustrations, check out The Lust List on Instagram. Sally has ancient Greek jelly sandals, bikinis, and new some stationery for you to lust after, just around the corner.