Experiments in Tape

I may have a problem, I know. When I discovered pocket letters, I also discovered washi tape.

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It’s basically decorative, repositionable tape. The term “washi tape” is from Japanese masking tape, which is made from rice paper, but the term lately encompasses quite a variation of products. You can use it to decorate all kinds of stuff. I even have some that’s colorable. 😀 (This pleases me so much!)

Anyway, as I always want to be creating things, I started wondering how I’d go about making some kind of decorative tape. After watching a few tutorials on “Making your own washi!” I decided to try it myself. I found myself pretty dissatisfied with the tutorials because none of them showed how or whether they would actually work in a project.

So, I set out to see what I could learn. Initially, my idea was to figure out how to make “washi” type tape. That’s not what any of this is, but it’s still pretty cool, and I’m already thinking about things I can do with it. 🙂
This is my first try. It’s plain old masking tape, watercolors and stamps. It’s a lot more muted than I like, and in fact, just kinda looks dirty (haha), but it served its purpose as a learning experience. The nature of the tape didn’t change any. It’s still mostly repositionable masking tape. And the ink is just random permanent stamping ink that I’ve had forever.14195409_10154641893764994_2180904997879658014_o
After that, I had a pretty good idea what I wanted to do, so I tried again, with several strips this time. I got better color with no loss of stickiness or texture, and this time I stamped with some white chalk ink that I had. This took longer to set/dry (I let them air dry) than the black ink, but once it was totally dry, it seemed set (It didn’t rub off on anything).14257610_10154642034449994_195262201456224380_o

At this point, I rolled the pieces up onto a drinking straw (Well, first, I’d wrapped them onto a playing card thing that I use to stick washi samples on, but then hubby found a box of drinking straws in a cupboard, so I switched them. It was a good way to check restickability as well.) and I put them away for a couple days.

Tomorrow, I’ll talk about the rest of the experiment, how other types of tape worked for me, and the general outcome. 🙂

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