Monday, 24 June 2013

Darcy Wilkinson #2 Tissue Tape Part One ....


The craze for washi/tissue tape seems to be taking over the world, however it is just so expensive.

So I set about making some of my own, and had great fun doing so. First I gathered my supplies. Tapes. Tissue paper. Non Stick paper. There are many tapes that you can use.

Here I have Micro pore tape, sports injury tape which is a sticky backed cotton fabric, then masking tape, respositionable Scotch tape, and double sided tape in 2 widths. I also used some joint mesh tape that I found in the DIY store.


You will also need some sort of non stick backing. Here I have freezer paper, and 2 kinds of baking parchment.

Spread out your non stick paper and cut some lengths of tape. The mesh joint tape, masking tape, micro pore, scotch tape and cotton injury tape are all stuck down to the baking parchment. The double sided tape is stuck to tissue paper.


Next you need to cut your tape out. The tape on tissue paper should be cut accurately, as that stays as a whole. But the other tapes on the baking paper can be roughly cut out as when you use the tape it will be separated from the backing.

Now lets start to add some colour.

Peel the backing from a tape and lay it down onto a clean non stick surface, KEEP THE BACKING TAPE, you will need to reattach the backing when you have finished painting.
The first layer is a block colour using your favourite Fresco Paints. These are so wonderful for this project because of the smooth surface they create which is great for stamping onto.


Once your block colours are dry then you can go back to each tape and add a little stamping or stencilling. For this layer use another shade of the original block colour or a very simple contrast pattern. There is another layer to come so keep this one minimal.


Now the top layer.. Again peel off the backing paper and stick your tape to clean non stick surface.

Add your top layer of stamping in a much bolder colour or pattern.


You can keep on building up your layers, add as many as you want, but I felt that these 3 main layers allowed enough of the lower layers to show through and create interest.

1. block colour
2. minimal/shaded stamping or stencilling
3. bolder stamping/stencilling


Of course you can keep the whole tape minimal or monochrome. You can always go back and add more to a tape. Perhaps add some doodling by hand that matches the project that you are working on.


I had so much fun making all these colourful ones.


Now to store them... I know many of you bought lots of Wooden Spools last month, so what better way to use them than to wrap them in these tapes.

I decided to leave my Wooden Spools unpainted. For a couple of reason.


1. My storage for these tapes is all painted, and I liked the unpainted spools as a contrast.
2. If I painted the spools to match the tape, and then the tape ran out..I would be left with a
coloured spool and have to try and match it up to the next tape that I make.
So take a little re-positionable clear tape and use it to attach your coloured tape to the spool, then wrap it tightly and use a little more clear tape to hold it in place.


Over to you, have a fun painty session making your own coloured tapes. Tomorrow I will show you the storage that I made for my tapes.

Leandra Says:Ohhh now we can make the perfect tape for each and every project, but i love the idea of a session just making loads of the stuff!! Grand idea!

Gillian Says: How very cool ... I soooo want to go make my own now and the great thing is I have the majority of these household supplies to hand. Thanks Darcy for this "lightbulb moment".

31 comments:

sam21ski said...

Oooh these look fab Darcy and so much better to make your own unique ones than buying shop bought which everyone else has - brilliant

Sam xxx

Jay said...

i can now finally make the tape i always wanted...

Carol Q said...

Very clever Darcy - a wonderful money saving idea and they can be exactly tailored for any project we're making!

Helen said...

brilliant idea Darcy! Your designs are gorgeous and they all look fab - can't wait to see the storage you made for them.

Lin said...

fantastic Darcy!!same as Gillian I have most of these so can have a play straight away!!

Dana said...

I see where I went wrong when I tried this before. Your base coat with paint makes all the difference. I just stamped and the results were dismal! They look fantastic and I love the idea of wrapping them on those gorgeous spools!

Lucy Edmondson said...

I love the idea of using the spools I bought last month!

Lucy x

Gina said...

How am I ever supposed to get anything done around here!!? So making some of these :D XXX

Krisha said...

Great tutorial, now I'm off to make so tapes.....

Craftyfield said...

Guess what I did at the week-end? I didn't think of using a base colour though, so I might have to create a few more !

sally said...

Brilliant!

Sally

Kathi said...

Eeks! This is genius!

ionabunny said...

Fantastic idea and so pretty. You buy a roll of expensive washi and use a bit then chuck it in the stash. Now we can make the perfect tape, as much as we need for the project. Thank you Darcy

Michelle Webb said...

Absolutely marvellous Darcy, I love this idea lots. Michelle x

Rachel said...

I think these are the nicest home-made Washi tapes I've seen. You have a good eye for colour and composition Darcy, and I really like the stamps you chose for them too! Very inspirational. I might just make some :-)

isisimaginings.com said...

I think I might these easier to attempt than the apron from last night. :) They look gorgeous & so cute around the spools.

Karin said...

What a fabulous idea.

Sid said...

Brilliant little technique, must try making some !!

Maz said...

These are fab! x

Hilda said...

Brilliant!! I have made my own tape my sticking DST onto single ply Kleenex, works wonderfully!!

Steven AKA Pink Elf said...

I now understand why you are awake in the wee small hours. Ypu're just too talented for yer pinny!! Fantastic crafting.

butterfly said...

Fantastic tutorial - and your tapes look so cool!
Alison x

Julie Ann Lee said...

Beautiful and effective. A great idea!You are so clever, Darcy! Julie Ann xxx

Gina Shillitani said...

Love the tape tutorial, and your tapes Darcy! LOL @Jay's comment ;)

Sandie said...

I've done this on double sided tape, masking and micropore and had good results with all. But thanks for the ideas on using other tapes - I will have to make some more!

KimzKrafts said...

Oh my goodness! About a month ago I bought several rolls of Micropore tape, put them in my craft room and then forgot all about them! Thank you for reminding me. Must dash - project in my head............Kim xx

jan said...

Wow Darcy these are fabulous, thank you so much for this tutorial, I must have a go at this myself, I am a fan of washi tape but agree with you that it is expensive and also this way you can customize to suit your needs. A win win situation for sure. Love the way you have decorated yours.

Hugs Jan xxx

Lynn Hardy said...

This is such a good idea and looks like so much fun to make too! Thanks for the inspiration Darcy!

Trish said...

what a brilliant idea! I have resisted buying washi tape as I is so expensive, and I ma not sure what colour/pattern to go for. Now I can make it myself to match my project. Thank you!

Kezzy said...

Wow wow amazing awesome tape, such a fantastic idea. I have also seen it done on the Gelli plate but your way looks so much easier. Kezzy :-) xxx

Heather said...

Such an amazing idea and quite simple too. Thankyou so much for sharing it.

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