There are some beautiful paper
tapes (sometimes called washi tape) out on the market right now. They have gorgeous patterns and
colors, are easy to tear and apply, and, because they are paper, their surface is easy to work on top of with other materials. They can be a bit
pricey, though. I was inspired by an article in Somerset Studio's Art and
Mixed Media magazine in which an artist used white "artist's tape"
(found in the fine arts section of craft stores) and turned it into patterned
paper tape. I didn't have any white artist's tape on hand, so I decided
to try the same technique with masking tape. It worked! Here's how I did it...
I applied four strips of
tape to a large sheet of palette paper...you know, the kind you mix paints on
and then tear off and throw away? Next, I stamped patterns across the the
tape strips using black Staz-on ink and then rubbed colored ink pads over them.
I used my heat gun to "set" the ink and now they are ready to
use. It took all of about 10 minutes to make these four pieces that are
each about 18 inches long. They pull off of the palette paper quite
can see the colored ink around the tape strips here. I like that some of
the stamped images do not fit all the way onto the tape.
|Here's a journal spread in progress in which I've used some of my handmade tape with the number pattern. |