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How To Make Your Own Ethnic Graphic Paper/Stationery

Updated on August 31, 2016

The designing of ethnic graphic paper is a creative way to celebrate a culture that is special to you. Every ethnic group has artists that create bold images that illustrate stories about their people, and ethnic graphic paper uses these images on stationery. Children will enjoy creating ethnic inspired paper with stamps and their own drawings, which is a hands-on activity for teaching about their own culture, or about the cultures of other people. Crafters of all ages will also enjoy the opportunity to design paper with meaningful ethnic images, which is an inventive way to create personalized stationery.

Use images of Polynesian sunsets and palm trees to decorate your stationery. Credit: Drawing by Sweetiepie on Hubpages.
Use images of Polynesian sunsets and palm trees to decorate your stationery. Credit: Drawing by Sweetiepie on Hubpages.

Supplies Need For Project

  • Blank paper
  • Reference photographs
  • Stamps
  • Ink pads
  • Pencils
  • Colored pencils

Drawing your own pictures on blank stationery paper is especially fun if you are artistically inclined, but you can always use cute stamps and ink pads if drawing is not your thing.

Palm trees in Tahiti. Credit: Sweetiepie on Hubpages.
Palm trees in Tahiti. Credit: Sweetiepie on Hubpages.
Picture of Waikiki in the early morning of April 2002. Credit: Photo by Sweetiepie on Hubpages.
Picture of Waikiki in the early morning of April 2002. Credit: Photo by Sweetiepie on Hubpages.

How To Make Polynesian Inspired Stationery

Step 1:

Look at pictures of Polynesian tapa cloth designs on photo sharing sites, or search for pictures on the usa.gov site US Government Photos and Images. Go to the library and check out books for free if you need more inspiration of creating ethnic designs for your stationery.

Step 2:

Create a border by drawing simple tapa cloth designs around all four sides of the paper, or use stamps to create these images if you do not like drawing. Draw designs or use stamps with images that are about one inch in height and one inch in width, so the border does not take up the entire space of the writing paper.

Step 3:

Use a black colored pencil to go over the drawings of tapa cloth to make it look similar to what you find on the actual cloth, or use black ink pads for the stamps.

Step 4:

Draw or use stamps of palm trees and gardenias to create a second row of the border around all four sides of the paper. Create a pattern by alternating palm trees and gardenias. Make sure your drawings or the stamps used are about one inch in height and one inch in width.

Step 5:

Use stickers of Polynesian themes such as outrigger canoes and thatched houses by placing one sticker in each corner below the border, but make sure the stickers are not covering any of the borders.

Step 6:

Decorate the envelope for your stationery with the stamps and stickers you used on the paper.

Step 7:

Write a letter to your friend on the paper you have decorated, and use the matching envelope to mail the letter.

Decorate stationery with Native American designs, such as this one inspired by a pattern on a Navajo rug. Credit: Sweetiepie on Hubpages.
Decorate stationery with Native American designs, such as this one inspired by a pattern on a Navajo rug. Credit: Sweetiepie on Hubpages.

How To Make Native American Inspired Stationery

Step 1:

Search for Native American imagery as you did for the Polynesian inspired paper project.

Step 2:

Create the first row of the border by drawing simple dream catchers around all four sides of the paper, or use stamps of dream catchers if you do not like drawing. Draw designs or use stamps with images that are about one inch in height and one inch in width, so the border does not take up the entire space of the writing paper.

Step 3:

Use colored pencils to add color to the dream catchers, or use various colors of ink pads for the stamps to create a rainbow pattern.

Step 4:

Draw or use stamps of tepees and horses to create a second row of the border around all four sides of the paper. Create a pattern by alternating tepees and horses. Make sure your drawings or the stamps used are about one inch in height and one inch in width.

Step 5:

Use stickers of Native American themes such as buffalo by placing one sticker in each corner below the border, but make sure the stickers are not covering any of the borders.

Step 6:

Decorate the envelope for your stationery with the stamps and stickers you used on the paper.

Step 7:

Write a letter to your friend on the paper you have decorated, and use the matching envelop to mail the letter.



Suggestions

  • Purchase stamps and stickers at large crafting stores, or from specialized vendors online.
  • Use newspaper to protect your table while using stamps to avoid making a mess.



Create African Inspired Art For Stationery

Draw a picture of a leopard for African inspired stationery. Credit: Sweetiepie on Hubpages.
Draw a picture of a leopard for African inspired stationery. Credit: Sweetiepie on Hubpages.

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      ronnie 

      7 years ago

      nice

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks Om, I have a special place for Polynesia in my heart :).

      Thanks Wendy!

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      Wendy Krick 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      beautiful!

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      Oh how cute! I really like the first picture (Polynesian sunset). :)

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you Michelle!

    • michelle.dragon99 profile image

      michelle.dragon99 

      7 years ago

      great guide! I love your patient and systematic guide, I believe beautiful crafts will deliver under your recommended instruction and guides, thanks for sharing sweetiepie:)

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you Hello, Hello!

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      That is absolutely fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

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