Thursday, 12 April 2012

Washi Tape

Today I have been playing with the huge stash of Washi Tape that I seem to be gathering at the speed of light and the official verdict is I LOVE THIS STUFF!!! I started out with one of Wendy Vecchi's fabulous Art Parts (large swirl frame) and base coated it with Old Gold Fresco Finish paint and then dry brushed some Toad Hall around the edges.A little bit of Jet Black Archival ink on top of that and I was quite happy with the antiqued look.

I did make the fabric bit in the middle first. That wonderful Lynne Perrella image is stamped on calico with Archival ink, heat set then painted with an assortment of colours of Fresco Finish. Once this was dry, I was able to layer up a few snippets and scraps of fabric and lace that have been lurking around my desk recently. I actually glued these on with Claudine Hellmuth's Matt Medium. Now because my fabric was wrapped around the base board of the frame thingy, the frame didn't fit anymore so I had to layer up two layers of foam pads on the back of the frame so that it could sit above the fabric piece. Actually, what I thought was a disaster when it didn't fit, turned out to be one of those happy accident moments as I really prefer the added dimension and the extra height!!!

Then out came the Washi Tape. I covered the backing Art Part with all sorts of Washi tape and lace. Ripping it up was great fun. There are big bits, little bits, some are fabric, some are paper.....quite an assortment really.

I also realised that the adhesive on the back of these tapes is really not the stickiest stuff in the world so I just pasted a very thin layer of Matt Medium over the top to prevent anything lifting up. It dries completely clear so it's not an issue.

I made a nice PaperArtsy, styly Grunge flower using their new crunchy paper....added a few embellishments and thought....yes, I really like it....I deserve a cuppa and some Easter Egg! Came back with my treats and thought maybe this needs a backing off I go to rummage through a pile of canvas boards and can only find itty bitty ones or ginormous ones.....a ginormous one it had to be!!! So round two began!!!

I painted the whole canvas with French Roast and dry brushed some Toad Hall and Old Gold over the top, paying more attention to the edges than around the middle. Placed my Art Part thingy in the middle and realised that this canvas is way too big!! More Washi tape required!!!! So I made a kind of frame arrangement of Washi tape that reduced the space and now I think I'm happy with it. I'll stew on it for a day or so, sometimes you just need to walk away and look at things with fresh eyes another day.

Don't forget that it's Ally Pally this weekend. I'll be demonstrating on the PaperArtsy stand which seems really strange as Leandra has managed to secure my old stand space, so I'll be in the exact same spot but working for the PA guys. If you don't follow Leandra on Twitter, you may have missed out on all her teasing and sneaky peeks this week. She has got some fabulous new goodies for the show so you might want to pop along and see for won't be disappointed.

Now here's a question for you.......I'm off on my hols next week with my lovely hubby Mark. We are going to Florida for two whole weeks  and it's all holiday and no work!!!! We fly into Orlando and have a few days there to get over the jet lag, then we are driving south to the Keys then back up through Miami and up the east coast. We have been to Florida before but it was many years ago and I just wondered if any of my lovely followers know of any wonderful shops that I shouldn't miss out on whilst I'm there?

That's me for today, think I need to go and rehome all my reels of Washi Tape!!


Gabrielle said...

Ooh! I love this! All the layering and details are fabulous! I can't offer any advice as I've never been to that side of the States but I can oooh and ahh over your demoing at the weekend! Looking forward to it xxx

Helen said...

I can't help with Florida either. I absolutely adore this - so many layers and dimensions. Can't wait for Saturday (you may have guessed that... lol) only 2 more sleeps..

Carol said...

That's fabulous Lin! I love it! I really like it on that canvas! Never been to the states sp can't help you there I'm afraid! Carol x

Hilda said...

I cant help with your trip either Lin, but have a fabulous time xx Love this canvas, and so looking forward to ~Ally Pally on Sunday, I am driving there for the first time, so wish me luck!!!!

Rebecca said...

Love it, really works well, have a super holiday
Happy craftin

Jo said...

You should have called the post like topsy ... as it got bigger and bigger or Eat Me / Drink Me from Alice! Love it by the way and washi tape may be on my list of stuff I NEED. HAve fun at the weekend and enjoy the States - why not drop Donna an email she might know of some good places? jo xx

Anonymous said...

Another gorgeous piece of art. And all in one day. Why was i born as a creative snail.Oh well,at least i love trying. Your other fabric piece inspired me to make two cards with a stamped image, lots of lace, beads and buttons. So thank you for showing what you create. I wish both of you a wonderful holiday with lots of sunshine, wonderful views and some sweet goodies. Margriet

Anonymous said...

I also don't know about shops - so you'll have to take me with you to help you search!!

Daniele said...

Hi Lin, I did come across a large craft store towards the top on International drive on the left hand side, that was in Orlando itself. Grab the telephone directory on arrival and have fun

pat said...

This is just beautiful! I have never used Washi tape but it looks like fun.

Lottie said...

Absolutely Awesome

Von said...

Wonderful creation I shall have to have a play with the tape I bought too :) wonderful stamping on the fabric
Von x☻x

Linda Cain said...

Love the Keys, but only remember Art shops there, as in paintings and sculptures. You can't miss them down by the area where the large cruise ships come in.
Have a wonderful time!!!


Rachele Dennis said...

I went to violettes scrapstore which a local told me was one of the biggest independent stores near her, it's in Lakeland.

Kirsten Alicia said...

That is VERY gorgeous, I love it. Have a great time at AP.

Neesie said...

You have a work of art there...its beautiful.
Even though I've been travelling for 23 years I've never been to America, so unfortunately can't help.
Have a wonderful time and thanks for letting me snoop.
Neesie #12

PetraB said...

Wonderful layering, love your use of Washi tape.

Annie said...

Hi Lin. This is a stunning creation. I just love all of it. I have never heard of Washi tape before is it fairly new? As your creations are in the style I love I have became your newest follower. THanks for sharing.....hugs Annie:)
ps I am sure there will be a Michael's in a few areas in Florida, but as advised check out the telephone directory for the area. Have a wonderful time, they say The Keys are fabulous and Naples is another favourite.