Beyond the Pen: Washi Tape

 This is the introductory post for our 5-post guest series ‘Beyond the Pen’. This post is done by Jessica Varin, who originally came up with the idea for this series. Thanks Jess!- Brian Goulet

What is washi tape?

Washi tape is a type of semi-transparent, Japanese decorative tape. Okay, basically it’s colored masking tape with printed designs.

What do I need to make my own washi tape?

  • fountain pen ink (less saturated colors work well)
  • white-ish masking tape
  • an overhead transparency or wax paper
  • q-tip or small watercolor brush
  • fountain pen (optional)

I’m ready, now what?

Tear off strips of tape and stick them to the overhead transparency or wax paper. Dip the q-tip or paintbrush in your fountain pen ink. Paint (or “paint”) the tape to your desired saturation of color. Wait for it to dry. Use your fountain pen to draw designs on the tape.

Tape stuff and congratulate your crafty, crafty self. 

2017-10-11T13:12:17+00:00 May 27th, 2011|Tips & Tricks|8 Comments
  • Very interesting, the designs look great. I would never have thought to do this.

  • Emr2425

    What a great idea

  • Being a crafty self–I think this is a great idea!  You could also rubber stamp designs on top of the ink-colored tape, too.  Nice!

  • Thank you Jessica, what a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing!

  • I love this idea! I'm always on the lookout for new ideas I can use in my art journals. Thanks Jessica!

  • JessicaVarin

    Yes! You can also press a rubber stamp ink pad on the tape for texture.

  • JessicaVarin

    Most of my homemade washi tape ends up in my art journals.

  • Cassandra K

    Love the idea, but wonder about masking tape as the base. I've found in casual use of masking tape (labelling jars in the kitchen, for example) that the tape dries out and falls off over time. If you're putting in that effort, you might want to try an archival tape, made to last.