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Using Washi Tape in My Art Journal

Washi tape made a colorful background for an art journal page and since it is tape, there was no waiting for it to dry.  Just the right place for a dancing butterfly man to be stenciled.

Watch Using Washi Tape in My Art Journal on YouTube.

Randomly, I filled the page with washi tapes.  You might wonder where I got each of these rolls.  No idea exactly where each roll came from, but I tend to find these online, in craft stores, when traveling and in stationary stores  (great places to find rolls).

A touch of white paint here and there on top of the washi tape.

Having that white space meant I needed to add some color on top of it so I grabbed some Distress crayons.

The colorful busy background called for a playful image, the dancing man with wings.  First I stenciled him using my Dance of this Life stencil, then put the Butterfly Journeys stencil over him and gave him wings. Then the Mixed Media Mail stencil provided the word Inspiration to right under the flying man.

To get my feelings onto the page, I used a Stabilo pencil since they will write on anything, including washi tape. The pencil reacts to water, so I used the smallest brush I had and traced over the scribble journaling with water to make it even darker.

Since I have all my tapes out…I’m thinking of doing this all over again on a loose piece of paper and cutting it up to make postcards and ATCs.  No reason to put those tapes away yet!

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  • Kerrymay._.Makes July 3, 2017, 1:11 pm

    Oh wow, I love this, what a fantastic idea, I really need to use my washi and stop hoarding it, must try this xx

  • Jean marmo July 3, 2017, 6:33 pm

    I love this. Such a great idea.

  • Sue July 4, 2017, 9:20 pm

    Love this page and I do like the stencils you used. It was fun to watch and I too LOVE Washi tape!!! Good idea to use up some 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
    Victoria, BC

  • Cindy July 4, 2017, 11:47 pm

    Carolyn….good video. Fun use of Washi tape. Don’t I have to add a coat of adhesive to keep the Washi tape from pulling off the page?

    • Carolyn Dube July 5, 2017, 11:36 am

      You can…I didn’t here…it depends on the quality of the tape adhesive…some brands stick very very well!

  • Florenel July 7, 2017, 5:57 am

    At last………a wonderful idea to use my washi tapes !! Till now I wondered what can I do with my collection of the tapes. And yes! Now I know.
    Thank you so much.

  • Corrine July 7, 2017, 1:02 pm

    I love all these playful washi tapes! You’ve got some really fun patterns there. xox

  • SABRINA M CONROY January 27, 2023, 8:28 pm

    I love the combination of washi tape and stencils! My washi tape has been languishing, now thanks to you that doesn’t have to be the case because you’ve given me a spark!