Sunday, September 1, 2013

On Washi Tape

It's been only a few months since I became more familiar with washi tapes. I had heard a lot about it from other bloggers/crafters, but never actually used it before I got my first batch on Etsy, a couple of months ago. My initial idea was to integrate these tapes into my paintings, as a way of creating texture and more interest to the piece. A new material to experiment with.

What I DIDN'T know was that I would be using them in different ways too!

First, I decided to tape the edges of my canvasses. Instead of painting them, or masking them to keep them white, I thought that "washi-ed" edges might look cool. And it does! I love it!

Now, the second idea was a collaboration between my 5-year-old daughter and me. She made some art and asked me if I wanted to hang somewhere. I said "sure, babe, I'll buy a frame and we'll do that." She told me no, that she didn't want any frame, she wanted me to TAPE it to the wall. And just as I was about to dismiss the idea, it came to me: WASHI tape!

Now I have a whole wall filled with the kids drawings!

There are so many positive points about using washi for that:

- it's easy, cheap, and colorful;
- no nails!
- it's a work in progress: just keep adding to it!
- no more space? tired of the old art? Just take it down with no damage to your wall!

The best part is that now you can get them in major stores! Staples, Office Depot and Target are all carrying them now!

What have YOU been doing with your washi tapes?