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.