Washi Tape Art

Washi Tape Art with Printed Masking Tape

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Washi Tape Art with Printed Masking Tape

I finally placed a long overdue order to Discount School Supply to restock some of our key art supplies. I told myself I was going to keep it to the basics (always hard for me) but couldn’t help noticing some fun new printed craft tape—DSS’s answer to Japanese washi tape apparently.

I’ve been wanting to try washi tape forever and so couldn’t stop myself from adding this set to my cart.

I’m so glad I did, because it’s been inspiring all sorts of fun tape art!

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Washi Tape Art with Printed Masking Tape

Daphne likes to use the printed masking tape to tape her paper to the table. She starts with the corners usually, then goes along the edges adding plenty of reinforcement.

Washi Tape Art with Printed Masking Tape

And she’ll usually add a few pieces to the center of the paper as well… By the way, I  cut the pieces for her and line them up along the edge of the table. It’s still a bit tricky for her to cut tape unless I’m holding it taut for her.

Washi Tape Art with Printed Masking Tape

I tried my hand at a tape dog.

Washi Tape Art with Printed Masking Tape

Maia made a very orderly tape artwork.

Washi Tape Art with Printed Masking Tape

And one that was considerably more random.

Washi Tape Art with Printed Masking Tape

When our friend Juniper came over, she created an enthusiastic tape sculpture with layers and layers and curls and twists of colorful tape.

Washi Tape Art with Printed Masking Tape

A first in our house, I believe.

Washi Tape Art with Printed Masking Tape

Juniper’s mom, Meg, created a Dandelion (upper right).

The printed craft tape was a complete splurge, but totally worth it. And compared to regular washi tape, it’s economical. The set of 10 patterns are $14.99 so about $1.50 per roll.

I should clarify that this tape is thinner, more transparent, and more papery than regular masking tape. It’s also easy to remove or reposition.

We used the tape for some fun open-ended art (as we do with regular colored masking tape), but you could also use it for all kinds of crafty projects such as gift wrap, greeting cards, gift tags, decorating school notebooks, scrapbooking, etc.

Have you tried this tape yet? Or Japanese washi tape?

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  • Reply
    Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    March 28, 2012 at 6:49 am

    This is a new one on me. I’ve never heard of washi tape. This looks very tempting, but I fear it would get consumed soooo quickly by my groups of ten….will have to give some thought to how it could be used with groups without breaking my bank.

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    Letters Numbers and Books oh my
    March 28, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I haven’t but I’m so buying this for some summer fun!!! :)

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    Janelle j
    March 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I live in Osaka and ADORE washi tape. I use it for so many fun and random things too. It is fabulous! Thanks for the post!

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    Sarah M
    March 28, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I have washi tape and it’s a precious commodity in my craft bin. I usually only use it for gift wrapping since it was fairly expensive (I was one of those “sticker hoarders” as a child, hah!). That price, however, is great!
    My son was looking at this with me and he said, “wow that looks like fun!” when he saw the tape sculpture. I think we have another winner for later this week.
    Thanks for the simple and inspiring art. I love seeing what everyone creates.
    Sarah M

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    Carly
    March 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

    This looks awesome. I usually just buy coloured electrical tape for the kids. They LOVE tape art. We will definitely try this!

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    Darcy Troutman
    March 28, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I love this! I’ve always wanted to buy washi tape but i wasn’t sure what we’d do with it, i guess just letting the kids create is a great way to go. by the way, my name is Darcy and I’m tagging you for the 11 questions game. Basically, you answer 11 questions about yourself (found at http://bedtimemonsters.blogspot.com/2012/03/things-to-do-11-questions-and-some.html) and then you come up with your own set of 11 questions and tag 11 other bloggers. I know it’s sort of cheesy, but it’s a fun way to get to know different bloggers and blogs. please play.

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    Amy
    March 28, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I love ideas like this for simple collages! My 4 and 2-year-olds seem overwhelmed when offered our collage box and glue. We have been getting a lot of mileage out of your dot sticker idea. Patterned tape would be an excellent project to try next!

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    [email protected] Art
    March 28, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Wow! I’m gonna have to get some of this! I’ve been wanting to buy the colored masking tape for some time, maybe I’ll buy both and have a crazy day of taping everything! Beautiful works of art!!

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    Angela
    March 28, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Beautiful! Thanks for the heads up! The price and the designs are awesome!

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    Jamie
    March 28, 2012 at 10:53 am

    That’s so funny! I was just looking at Washi tape on another website and wondering what it was. Thanks for sharing:)

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author and educator
    March 28, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I didn’t know about this product. I’m screaming I love it so much! Do you hear me?? AGGGGGGG AGGGGG AHHHHHH AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

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    Julia Deering
    March 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I love this tape – and what great art they made!
    Take a look at what Bristol Parenting Cafe (blogger extraordinaire) did with it on her Easter Eggs. So cool.
    http://bristolparentingcafe.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/easter-egg-decoration-washi-tape.html
    We have recently purchased tape similar to this but it’s not washi tape. It’s shiny and almost holographic – not sure what it’s called but my two kids are really into it at the moment. It sticks well, but is quite forgiving if it needs to be moved – they’ve used it for cards, pictures, junk modelling and for disco bangles. I’ll put the disco bangles link here so you can see the tape I mean. Do you know it?
    http://home-adventurer.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/strictly-sparkly-bangles.html

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    Mary at The Forager's Landscape
    March 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Wow! I going to buy some through your link. It looks beautiful! Thanks, and glad you are feeling better!

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    Cindy
    March 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I had never heard of this before but it looks like a lot of fun. Cool patterns. Glad you’re feeling better.

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    molly
    March 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I’ve been drooling over washi tape for a while now but haven’t taken the plunge. I will however, be ordering some of this tape right away, I know my kids would LOVE it. Thanks (as always) for sharing.

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    Jo Ebisujima
    March 28, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I’m in Japan and so spoiled with the wash tape. I was surprised you said you cut it, the tape we use is easy just to tear which is why we started using it in the first tape, my son would want to ‘do it myself’ and with wash tape he can!

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    Heather Collins
    March 28, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Jean,
    I love washi tape. I won a gift certificate to a store online, and I used part of it to buy a set of washi tape. I have so enjoyed it! We’ve used it for wrapping presents, decorating envelopes, making art, and even taping paper/pictures up on our walls. It sticks well, yet is repositionable and removes easily without leaving a sticky residue. I’ve left something taped up on our wall for almost 2 months, and I peeled it off slightly to see if it was going to stick or leave a residue but it hasn’t!
    I followed the link to DSS and the price is actually really great. I am going to keep that on my list when we need some more. My pack was 8 rolls for $14.
    You inspired me to order from DSS for the first time (this was back in February).. I picked up some liquid watercolor paint and some plastic droppers. It won’t be the last time I order from there! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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    [email protected]
    March 28, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Oh wow! My two year old loves tape. I must get these patterned tapes!

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    Rachelle | TinkerLab
    March 29, 2012 at 12:33 am

    I love washi tape and had no idea that you could get it at Discount School Supply — thanks for the great tip, Jean! Juniper’s tape ball is fabulous and I know my tape-adoring kids will thank you for this.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    March 29, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Maybe try it one time just to see? If you made it a part of another project and only gave access to the tape for a limited amount of time then maybe it wouldn’t be used up too quickly. Let me know if you try it with them!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    March 29, 2012 at 6:25 am

    We love tape art, too! All kinds!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    March 29, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Thanks, Darcy! I’ll take a look at your questions.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    March 29, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Try them both! I would suggest that you try the regular colored masking tape first, maybe, and let them play around with that for a while (a few days or so even) before bringing out the printed tape.
    Interestingly, Maia did some tape art with regular masking tape and added designs to the tape with marker. This was just before I brought out the washi tape. It was really interesting! I almost included the photo here but felt I had too many photos.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    March 29, 2012 at 6:30 am

    I hear you, MaryAnn! :)

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    Jean Van't Hul
    March 29, 2012 at 6:31 am

    That’s funny – we’ve been playing around with it on eggs, too! I don’t know the sparkly tape — where did you get it?

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    Jean Van't Hul
    March 29, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Oh! I didn’t even try tearing it! I’m not at home, so can’t try now, but will soon! Thanks for the tip!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    March 29, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Glad you made the plunge with liquid watercolors!! By the way, where did you order 8 rolls of washi tape for $14? I’ve mostly seen them sold as 3 rolls for $12 or so.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    March 29, 2012 at 6:38 am

    I’m pretty sure they just started carrying it!

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    Letters Numbers and Books oh my
    March 30, 2012 at 7:11 am

    you can get washi tape at target 4 rolls for 4 bucks! so you can get more and save shipping if you want it right away or run out.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    March 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Really? Which section?

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    Letters Numbers and Books oh my
    April 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    in the office supplies I think is where I was. they are cute!

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    Heather Collins
    April 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Felt & Wire. I bought the Starter Set of washi tape. I also bought some of the larger rolls.
    http://feltandwireshop.com/categories/supply/tape-+-fasteners
    The starter set has 8 rolls, but they are smaller rolls.

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    Roopa
    April 6, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Oh these are lovely! My daughter LOVES masking tape and these would be great for her:) Thanks for sharing.

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    jen at paintcutpaste.com
    April 23, 2012 at 12:28 am

    i adore your tape art! we are loving my washi tape i got at cutetape.com a few weeks back — but now i MUST order the DSS version. a much better deal! thanks for the tip, jean!

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    Beth
    May 21, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I found this to be a great source for these tapes http://www.printedmaskingtape.com

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    Amir
    November 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I will thick about it

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    Vannesa
    January 7, 2014 at 8:30 am

    This is really awesome! I adore buying new things for my kids. They loved and now they start to carry it to school! Because they have art class and I spend my time coming to school for them just to watch what they can make in a day. It brings a tear on my eyes when they say “MOMMY this is for you” I love this idea so much and thank you!

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