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Washi Tape Intro

What’s the deal with Washi Tape, anyway? It seems to be the most mesmerizing scrapbook embellishment ever invented. I’ve got a growing collection, myself. As much as crafters love it, some of us spend more time loving it than using it. I want to break out! This post, then, is the first of a series tracking my Washi Journey. I hope it helps you progress nicely with your own!

Washi Tape is a Japanese invention; it has to be made with Washi paper to be correctly called “washi tape.” You can also find essentially the same stuff called paper tape, decorative tape, tissue tape. Official washi tape is made with plant fibers. In Japanese, washi comes from two root words:

wa = Japanese
shi = paper

This means if you refer to it as “Japanese Washi tape” you are actually saying, “Japanese Japanese Paper tape.” I’m just letting you know.

Washi is low-tack, not as sticky as masking tape. Some brands (such as Tim Holtz) might even need a little help staying stuck down on your layout. Washi is also thinner than other tapes such as masking tape, and usually has a soft transparency which IMHO adds to its appeal. In spite of its transparency and low-tacky qualities, it is actually sturdy. You can tear it easily but it isn’t fragile. Another plus is that it is usually adjustable; if you don’t like where you put it, just peel it back up again. True Confession: I have actually laid down a strip, and then pulled it back up and put it back on the roll. Oops.

It’s less than a week before the Studio Calico class, “Washi Workshop,” which starts on June 1. I get to attend– my birthday present from my husband; I asked for it. I’ve only recently been using washi in my scrapbooking layouts, and I’m really looking forward to the class. Each week we will receive two PDF lessons from various designers, and not just on scrapbook layouts. Cards, gifts, household items will all be in the mix.

pencil boxI did create a washi project on my own last week, using an unfinished, papier mache-type pencil box. I had some printed tissue paper, and using Mod Podge, decoupaged the outside of the box, very randomly, and with lots of space to the printed design items. Then I applied strips of different designs from my newbie store of washi tape, finishing up with a final coat of Mod Podge.

I still need to finish the inside, but here’s a photo. ^

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