Thursday, May 9, 2013

Masking Tape as a Creative Medium

Hey everyone, 
it's Christy again with another mixed media technique to incorporate in all your art endeavors.

Today we are using MASKING TAPE to create our unique background.
Most of us have the tape in our homes already, if not it's readily available just about everywhere at minimal price.
I enjoy taking normal household items and using them in not so normal ways.
This is an easy technique that you can alter to suit your color choices, art choices and mood choices.
It's not a one trick pony as you'll see, whatever you feel like creating this will work for you.

By taking the tape and painting with Gesso & watercolors we are going to have the jumping off point for all sorts of fun art. I am going to show you how to incorporate the technique into a tag, but I have samples showing other ways you can use it.

Let's get started:
First- you need a roll of masking tape
Gesso or white acrylic paint
Watercolors (pan, liquid, crayon it doesn't matter)
a tag (bought or made)
Solvent ink (dye or pigment wipe off the tape)
Rub Ons, and other embellishments as you desire.
Glue stick or gel medium
Nonstick craft sheet or wax paper
                           
Lay down several strips off tape side by side. Do this on a non stick craft sheet or wax paper so that you can pull the tape up later. 

Take the Gesso or white acrylic paint and haphazardly paint over the tape. Don't completely cover the tape, brush strokes are good as well, they add texture.

   Choose the watercolor colors you want to use. Today I am working with just blue, but you can use as many as you want, just remembering the color wheel so you don't make mud instead of a pretty base.

Using a wet brush cover the tape with watercolor paint.
The paint will react differently with the gessoed vs non gessoed areas.
Let the paint dry.

Take a premade tag or make your own in what size you wish to work on.

Put Gel Medium or a glue stick onto the tag (sometimes the tape loses a bit of its stickiness once painted).
Lift up strips of the tape and begin to layer on to  the tag. Make sure to have some strips going vertically & others horizontally. Tear the strips for extra texture and design.

Once the tag is covered trim all the edges.

I embellished the tag at first with several Rub ons.
Inked the edges with Solvent ink, then added my quote and embellishments.


This is the finished tag.
Hang it on the wall, send to a friend, tuck in a bag.


Now I said you could use this technique with whatever papercrafting medium you enjoy.
To show you how true this is I'd also like to share not just a scrapbook page but also an ATC.

On this layout I used two complimentary colors on my tape for a bit of pop. It was all done the same way though as the tag background (just more tape used) with the painting of the tape and rub ons.

And this ATC.
Same colors as the layout with a collage image, rub ons and stars
I hope that I have inspired you to go rummaging through the tape drawer to pull out YOUR roll of masking tape.
Art supplies don't just need to be found in the art aisles, they are all around us.

Please as always, if you have any questions ASK. If I know the answer I'll gladly share.
I can't wait to see what you do with this mixed media tutorial.
Have a great day.

27 comments:

ТТатьяна (Татьяна Ковалева) said...

Суперская идея!!

Paula Jennings said...

wonderful work and a technique I am going to try ASAP. Love the tag, layout and ATC.

Marjolaine said...

Awesome technique, beautiful layout! (and tag...and ATC!)

Tracey Sabella said...

Wow, what a great technique!! I'm definitely going to have to try this out!! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

mgpm said...

Fabulous!!! thanks for posting this, I bookmarked it, I know I will make fun things using this technique!

Susan Strawser said...

Wow, great texture - thanks for sharing. Love your pages

Cara G said...

Very, very cool Christy....who would have thought masking tape could look so cool!?!

Lisa Rea said...

very clever!

Lisa H said...

Very very cool Christy! I love this technique!

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Marfa Otano said...

Great idea! Your tag and layout turned out very nice.

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