Washi tape and patterned tape are two different things, though people often confuse them. There are two things that are awesomely unique about washi tape:
- it's re-positionable
- it's translucent
I've had good luck making lots of patterned tape (it's easy enough to paint or doodle on masking tape, medical tape, cloth bookbinding tape, etc.), but I've been unable to recreate washi.
I've finally figured out how to replicate those two things that make washi unique, but with my own patterns!
STEP ONE: Decorate your deli paper.
I used stamps, stencils, and a typewriter to decorate mine.
- translucent products (like Copic markers) are going to remain translucent (like real washi)
- opaque products (like acrylic paint) are going to be opaque (not like real washi, but still cool)
- the deli paper has a slick waxy surface and water-based products (like watercolor) don't like to stick
STEP TWO: Add adhesive.
Cut apart your tape strips.
Then I used a small Xyron machine to add seamless repositionable adhesive to the back of my tape.
I recommend cutting the really long strip into pieces...
I also added some strips into my art journal:
I hope you'll give DIY washi tape a try and see what you can come up with!
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. I was delighted to be a guest on the Paperclipping Roundtable Podcast yesterday, along with May Flaum and Stacy Julian. You can hear the podcast here.