Paper Art Supplies: How to Use Washi Tape

Washi, washi everywhere! You see it on Pinterest, in magazines, and everywhere supplies for creative paper crafts are sold.

metal and paper art jewelry with washi tape
Washi tape is not just for paper collage!
Bracelet by Jen Cushman.

Washi tape is decorative, low-tack adhesive paper that is easy to use in everything from handmade cards, to paper collages, to jewelry.

The word “washi” is Japanese and refers to traditional handmade paper.

Washi tape is actually a relatively new product that has rapidly become a go-to item for artists, crafters, and anyone who likes decorative paper and design. Its semi-transparent nature makes it perfect for layering.

So, how do you use washi tape?

Here are a few idea from the January/February 2014 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors:

  • Add elements to a journal
  • Use as a collage embellishment
  • Use as card embellishments for custom stationery
  • Make unique gift wrap
  • Tape patterns onto canvas for quick-and-easy wall art
  • Cover the spine of a book or journal
  • Tape directly on walls or doors for easy, non-permanent art
  • Create faux frames
  • Customize a cover for your phone and other devices
washi tape paper art supplies
Washi tape comes in a wide variety of styles and can be found most anywhere supplies for paper crafts are sold.

You can even use washi tape in jewelry. Jen Cushman demonstrates how to make a washi tape bracelet in her Mixed-Media Metalsmith column.

You’ll find directions for the bracelet, plus more tips on how to use and store washi tape, two “painting” with paper collage techniques and much more in the January/February 2014 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.

P.S. Have you tried washi tape? What’s your favorite design? How do you use it? Leave your comment below.


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