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Washi Tape Collection Pages

teacher avatar Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

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9 Lessons (35m)
    • 1. Class Intro

    • 2. Class Supplies

    • 3. Template #1: Postage Stamp Collection

    • 4. Template #2: Lampshades Collection

    • 5. Template #3: Sailboats Collection

    • 6. Template #4: Popsicle Collection

    • 7. Template #5: Spool Collection

    • 8. Template #6: Paint Palette Collection

    • 9. Class Wrap Up

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Do you find yourself collecting rolls of Washi Tape and are looking to use them in fun and original ways?

Try creating Washi Tape Collections or Pages of Swatches in unique shapes that use as much or as little washi tape as you like.

Create pages of swatches by downloading the templates and adding your washi tape (or other decorative tape). This process brings out the beauty of the colors & patterns of the tapes. In today's class, I'll demonstrate 6 separate templates using washi tape in various sizes. I'll show a simple method for cutting it to geometric shapes, to make the washi tape, the focal point of your art.

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Daniela Mellen

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I'm an artist and author living in coastal Florida and surrounded by plants, animals, marine life, and the warm sun - all things that inspire me.

I am drawn to creating things and love to get lost in projects. Each day is a opportunity to learn something new, build on existing skills, and branch out to new ones. I was formally trained as a educator which is my passion and incorporating art into teaching makes my life complete.

I upload art classes every Friday, here on Skillshare. You'll see handmade books, memory keeping, watercolor, acrylic paint, unique art supplies, and photography composition. Thanks for joining me and I look forward to seeing your work.

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1. Class Intro: Hello, I'm Daniella Melon and author and artist. Thanks for joining me for today's class on using washi tape, the decorative masking tape from Japan that has become a popular art supply. Today's class Washington collections uses washing tapes, watches as a focal point in our work. Washi tape or any decorative tape is widely available and comes in brilliant colors and patterns. In today's class will use washi tape, whatever your collection. Maybe whether you have just a few rolls or many, we'll add swatches of the tape to the templates by forming simple shapes. I've included six templates for you to download and print out. They range from the ultra simple, like making posted stamp collections or the more detailed Popsicle sticks, lampshades, sailboats, sewing schools and, lastly, a fund watercolor palette. I'll show a few techniques to cut the tape so it cooperates and ways to enhance and personalize the templates to make them your own. With the templates, you can create pages with up to 35 swatches or as few as 18 and the choice of filling them with difference watches or creating patterns that you repeat is up to you. I hope you try your hand at using washi tape as a medium in your artwork. Please be sure to follow me here on skill share to get notified of future classes. Please consider leaving a class review and thank you for joining me. Now let's get started. 2. Class Supplies: the supplies that we're gonna need for our washi tape collections class include washi tape , and any assortment will do. I have it in roles here, varying thicknesses, and I also have this sheets that come like this. There's the backing paper, so there are a lot like stickers, ah, sheets of stickers. But the washi tape itself is a paper, not a plastic. You can use anything really, and if you wanted to use just decorative tape like duct tape or something like that, that would work as well. So I have my assortment of colors and then as an extra. I have just somewhat matching colors of either gel pens or colored pencils, and that's just for adding detail work. And I also use a dark marker as well, like a waterproof micron pen. I have a ruler and a pair of scissors. I have a sheet of wax paper just torn from the role in the kitchen that I'll use because the washing tape will stick to it and then peel off very nicely. And lastly, I have my six templates that you can download their in the project section and there. Sometimes people report that they're hard to access on the app that you need to go into skill share on the browser to download them in the project. And resource is Paige. So I have the 1st 1 which is just a set of stamps, and it's a page, and this will hold quite a bit of washi tape samples. So that's a nice one. It's a fun, simple one. I have this one here with it's very odd shape, and we're gonna make lampshades with this second sheet third sheet. Here, we're gonna make sailboats, and so you'll have your sailboats printed out and again. That's another good size number of washi tapes for a real assortment. There, we'll have a Popsicle stick page, a school page and then, lastly, a paint palette page. It's kind of a fun one, and it still holds a good number for an assortment of washi tape. In the next chapter, we'll get started 3. Template #1: Postage Stamp Collection: So in her first washy collection, this is like a postage stamp. There are seven columns and five rows going across, which leaves you with 35 swatches of washi. So the way to do this is that the the maximum height here, um, for the washi is about four centimeters, and I like it to fit just slightly in there. I like to have a little white border, but you can use any size. And for the whiff, I'm just gonna use whatever size washi tape I have. Now. The washy comes in various widths, some thicker than others. If I have a really thick piece, I'll either cut it in half or it just won't use it for the swatch. But other than that, they should fit in nicely. If I have a super thin sheet, I'll either include multiple strips to make a thick piece, or I will include multiple colors in one swatch. And really, that's up to you. What you want to dio one method to make it go well and fairly nicely results in terms of having the size and the shape of the washy. When you put it inside, the swatch is you could obviously just take your washi tape and tear it and eyeball it toe accordingly, toe what size you want and have it fit in there. It gives you the rough edges. And if you like that, go with that. I like to have just a little more detailed edge. And so what I'll do is I took a piece of wax paper and I cut my strip four centimeters tall . And so I want to make sure that all my washi tape goes over that strip. So what I'll do first. So move my template aside and I have all my washy, my strips, my rulers, my scissors here. And what I'll do is I'll make a strip or maybe even 1.5 2 of them, because I have 35 slots to fill in my template. And so what I'll do is I'll take my washy and I'll just try and keep that strip straight, and I'll go right over my strip here, and I'm gonna just attach it down and I'll go through with all the colors that I want to use, and I'll speed this up so there. I don't have 35 yet but I do have my strips down. So what I'm gonna do is just gently pull them up and displace them on the side. Here, do the same thing with this piece and you gotta be careful. You don't tear the washi tape. Just tear that piece right off, and I'm left with this one section here. So I did lose one piece. Not too bad. I'll take my scissors now and I'll just trim all this washi tape and I'll flip it over and neatly trim it right on the edge. And I'll do this with all the pieces. And I'm not worried about the pieces on the side that will make it easier for me ultimately to remove them from the wax paper. It's just the ends that hang off when I'm trying to remove here. So I have all my pieces attached to my short strip of wax paper here, which will make it easy to remove them when I'm ready. Then I'll take my template and I'll start putting the pieces down the template as I like them Now. The benefit of having them on these little strips is I get to pick and choose what colors I want to use and where I want to put them to create a nice ultimate peace in the end. So I think I'll start and I'll try and make a Grady and I'll start with my reds and pinks and end up with my purples on the bottom here, so I'll just look for colors that coordinate to that That way. I like to start with the book ends and work my way through. Now. A lot of times you'll find with some of the washi tape that a lot of it comes in patterns. And so really, it's your judgment call. What color speaks to you. Some of them, to me, are very obvious. And so I always go with those first. So I'll go on. I'll stick my purple, my obvious ones in. And then from there, I'll just fill in and again. Since this isn't rocket science, I don't have to worry. If I have a color that's slightly off, it's not a big deal, and then I'll start adding my colors in between, and they will go back to my washy strips and see if there are any colors that I wanna put in I know I need 1234567 more pieces. So I'll take my strip here and just go through those motions again. So, no, I've added more strips and I'll just continue to add them to my piece. And there I have my washi tape stamp collection. 4. Template #2: Lampshades Collection: now for our lamp shade washi tape collection. I went through the steps and I put my washi tape onto wax paper and I made strips of it just like before. I didn't have to be as precise and on the ones that were very thin. I doubled up. So I put two matching up the pattern for the lamp shades. It works better with the thicker of the tapes or multiple layers of the tape. So it's kind of a fun one to Dio because they're lampshades. They could go in different formations and I'll show you the three or four different formations that I use or different shapes. I'll start off with knowing that there are seven columns and three rows. And so what I'm gonna do isn't gonna look for my thickest one first, which would probably be this one here, and I like to cut around it. It's easier to work with, I find. And so now I'm just gonna make this into kind of a trap is oId shape where the ends push out and the top is a little shorter than the bottom. And so I just cut that shape out, and then I find a spot where I want to put it, and I could do this based on color or shape again. It's totally up to you, very open ended, and then I want to take my next shape that I use. So this is the 1st 1 that I use. I've done. I do like a tall lamp. I I think of it like a seventies lamp. And again, I'm just going by what shape I what size? Just kind of eyeballing it. So this might be a little long. Cut it to here and I'll stick this down. It's just a tall, thin lamp. And again, I want to kind of center the tape and because it's washi tape, it's kind of forgiving. And so then I have that kind of Ahmad lamp fun. Look there. The next one I want to do is I want to choose either a thick tape or a tape that I've doubled up. So in this case, I'll use this double yellow and I'll cut around it, and I want to do another trap is way. But this time a very long one. Where is this? Just short. So my top piece, I'll cut off, and I want the bottom of it to be the widest part, and then it goes up to the top and I'll have it. Probably go about two here. So this is my height of my shape and I'll take my bottom piece and I'll just cut straight line up to the top and I'll try and match that somewhat on the other side. So now I have a long trapezoid shape, and then I just take the backing off, which is the wax paper we set it on, and you don't need the wax paper. You can just cut the sticky washi tape, although I find that it rolls up and it makes it rather difficult to cut to the exact shape . So that's why I put it down onto the wax paper. Washi tape can peel off of regular paper, but it doesn't always so that's why I like to use, um, the wax paper. I feel like it. It helps. It almost guarantees will always come off. So I take the one side here, put my piece right in the centre, my shade, and then I'll take my other side and remove it from the wax paper and just match that up. And that's not perfect. Swell. Just gently coax it up and reapply it. That was off. And that will work for now. Then I'll take one and I'll make just a rectangle. So I'm gonna choose one with a pattern that goes across just like this. And I'm just gonna create a little rectangle here. And this is landscape formation as opposed to portrait, and I will stick that down and then I'll choose a square. So I look for a fairly thick piece, right? Here's a good one. And I'll just cut a square now because I'll just stick this down now There are ways to build on this, and you can actually kind of sculpt and create with your washy. So for this, I could make a smaller square and put it right on top of it. So cut that and set that down. And so there are different ways you can go, and from here you just fill in the pattern with your washi tape. If you have washi tape that has its own characteristics, like in this piece, it's kind of scalloped. You can use that as well, so I'll just clip that there and there gives me kind of a scalloped base for my lamp, and I'll just set that down again. Try and keep it straighter than I said it, and then I can add a top layer to that. I can either overlap it with this piece and then continue to filled it right up to the top , where I could flip the piece and really play a play around with it coming up with interesting shapes. So then I'll just go in and I'll speed it up and I'll fill in along the way here until I have my completed collection. - And there we have our lamp shade collection. I made a few different toppings here on the pieces, and that adds interest. And I could have gone through all one color scheme or made a rainbow or a Grady in from maybe dark red light pink. So there are options within the same piece. In the next chapter, we'll go over the sailboats 5. Template #3: Sailboats Collection: now for my washi tape sailboat collection. I have six columns and four rows, and for each sailboat, I'm gonna have to sales. So the favorite remember with this one is that you just need one straight edge for each piece on your sailboat, each sale and you only two sales per boat so you can coordinate colors you can mix and match. It's totally up to you. And as for shapes, there are a couple of different shapes you can use. There's the typical triangle, which just has one straight edge. And so I just cut that here and make my triangle, and then I'll just attach it and it can overhang the mast. Or it can go lower. And I'm using some of the scraps I had from my earlier demonstrations because I only need a small piece for each one, and then I'll just look for a coordinating shape here. Coordinating Sale found another blue and again, I just want to match the straight edge up to the side, and I think it looks rather clever when the sales or different sizes. So you'll just go on doing this, and you can alter whether your top is pointy or flat. Whether you're you have a tourney, diagonal edge or scalloped, it's totally up to you and you'll just go in. Place your pieces. I have a lot of orange and purples, and so I'll try and coordinate them with matching patterns that I have here and the as well as the other ones. So I'll speed this up and we'll take a look at adding final touches when we're done. - So now that I have all my sail boats with their sails, I can leave it like this, or it can add my next step. And so that is just involving taking either marker gel pen or colored pencil and adding some color to the boat and maybe adding waves. You can add wind marks, whatever you want, and I think that really just takes it up a level. So that's one step, and then I'll just play around, adding some color and shading to the next level. And to do this, I simply take color from the sales and added to the boat. Then, once I have that, I just had some waves, kind of connecting the boats and then adding a few little layers, and there we have our washi tape sailboat collection. In the next chapter, we'll go over the Popsicle collection 6. Template #4: Popsicle Collection: for the Popsicle collection. We have six columns and three rows. So what I want to do is I'll use up some of the scraps that I have, and then I just put more strips onto a paper. You can eyeball the rounded top of the Popsicle if you'd like, Or I just took something that was about that size. And so I have a magic marker and I took my pencil and I just created that rounded edge. Just is a guideline for me When I cut it out, it gives us a nicer look. So all I'm gonna do then is go. And on my strip here, I'll just go around the edge and then cut out the Popsicles. And again, I can choose how I want to put them down on my paper. Do I want to do a color scheme or, um, Grady int color family Or just put him down? Um, so it's really up to you. If you have small strips or thin strips, you could make a double Popsicle. Those air always so cute. So I'll just take a small little strip of paper, put it on some wax paper and then make my double Popsicle. So here, put it down there. Match up my second piece and let's see here, cut this piece off first. So I have my pink Popsicle. I'll just set that down right on the stick. So I have my standard Popsicle and then for my double one, remove some of this tape on the bottom here. I'm just reusing the paper, cut out my double Popsicle, and then I'll just eyeball the double top and set it down on my paper just like that. So I'll go in and fill in my popsicles, and then we'll come back and add some final touches. - So there we have our Popsicles. We have our swatches placed on our Popsicle sticks, and now I just want to add a few final touches. So what I'll do is I'll take again my either gel pen or my marker or my colored pencil, coordinating it with the main color in the Popsicle. And they'll just make some dripping drops like a Popsicle melting on a hot day. And I'll go around and do this with all of them. And there we have our washing tape. Popsicle Collection in the next chapter will go over making the washing tape spools 7. Template #5: Spool Collection: to make our washi tape spools. I took my washi tape and I made strips just on the wax paper, just as we had done before in the previous chapters and then because the actual swatch size is about 3/4 of an inch by 3/4 of an inch. I made a little template here just on a piece of three by five card, and I just rounded the bottom and the top and you don't have to do that. Just a square will work. And then I went to my washi tape, and I just kind of eyeballed it by holding it on to where I want to put it and cut out the proper size. From there, there are 21 staggered spools, and I just cut the pieces to the shape, and then I'll speed it up as I go ahead and eat here it to our template. Now you don't have to worry if you don't cover the entire school, and I'll show a technique for repairing that the end. - So here I have all our schools with all our swatches attached and now to add the final touches , and this is kind of just a fun little thing again. I go back to my colored pencils or my job pens or even markers on, and then I'll just make little string. And on the areas where I have Expo exposed here, for example, I'll go in with my colored pencil and I'll just shade in that area again. It's not a perfect match, but it does disguise it somewhat. And then I'll just take my colored pencil, fill in any area, and then I'll just make a little string and I'll try and coordinate the color with the string, kind of recreating the pattern in places if need be. And there we have our washi tape school collection, with a little bit of string showing. The next chapter will go over our washing tape, water color palette. 8. Template #6: Paint Palette Collection: for my washi tape paint palette, Swatch sample collection. What I did was I created this paint palette and each one of the 18 wells. Here is where we'll put our washy tapes Swatch, so each well is about 2.5 centimeters tall. So what I did was I took a strip again and with three by five card, and I cut it so that this is 2.5 centimeters. And then with my strip of washy that I put on my wax paper like we did in all of the collections. I'm just going to put it down on my strip and I'll go over and cut it, and that makes applying it very easy because it's already cut to size. So now all my strips are roughly the same size, and now I'll just apply them in any order that I want. So I'll do that. I'll speed it up and then we'll come back and add some final touches. - Now I have my template. With all my washing samples put in the paint wells, I think that looks really kind of interesting, especially the patterns that are thrown in there. There's kind of a hint of a rainbow, just like there would be on an actual paint palette for mixing. It's kind of a pretty effect. And now I just want to take again my colored pencils or my gel pens and just add a little bit of a touch of color here to my my illustration. And so I'm just gonna take my pencil and just do some shading doesn't even have to be dramatic. And there we have our washi tape P pallet. 9. Class Wrap Up: So before we go over are completed. Washi tape collections. I just wanted to talk a little bit about when you have your washi tape. Um, if you have anything extra on your sheets of wax paper, this is fine to save, just like it is. So only do was I reverse it and press it down. And then I just took this into a paper envelope. I'll cut it down to size so that it's not flopping around too much, and then I'll just tuck it into this paper envelope where they have other pieces already saved. And this way, when I need my washi tape, I have it ready to go just at hand here. And I keep my washing tape in a box or on a metal ring, the roles of the washi tape. And then I'll just keep all this with it, so I'll get a lot of use out of the washi tape. I look at it as a fun art supply, so here are washi tape collections. Now you get in view of the supplies each role of Washington that you own, and that's helpful to some degree. Personally, I haven't gone out and repurchased a specific role. They're always coming out with new roles and new patterns and new colors. So I always find something that I'm looking for, and I discovered that there's actually beauty in creating just a Swatch collection. I think it's a artistic thing in itself, and depending on the Swatch collection, you can embellish it and make it more enjoyable for yourself more detailed and more intricate. Or it could be something as simple as just putting rectangles in a swatch, just like on our stamps here. And so that's kind of a fun effect. And there's a beauty in it. There's the repetition. There's a simplicity and actual, just the beautiful striking colors and patterns of the washi tape. Here we went a little bit more involved, and we cut our beautiful washing tape into different shapes. Simple shapes again, nothing really intricate, but with their reminiscent of lampshades, which is kind of a fun thing as well. We gotta even a little more involved when we made our sailboats, so we use lots of triangles. But the collar combinations and the shapes were very beautiful again. We have the repetition, and there's a lot of interest interest in that for the eye to see when we embellished it a little further, just echoing the colors from our samples and just adding some waves just to tie it all together. We did something similar with the Popsicle sticks. We took just the rectangle shape and either rounded it were made little straight. Edge is we combined a couple and made some asymmetrical, and then we embellished it with a little bit of melting Popsicle, which is always a fun thought for summer for our schools. We took our washi tape filled in the school with Swatch and then embellished it with just a little spring. Ah, little string, picking up the color from the washi tape pattern and watch and lastly, one of my favorites. I love doing this watercolor palette. I think it's a little piece of art in itself. You can always take your favorite washi tape, special washi tape or, as I did hear Justin assortment of washi tape, and I think the contrast of the patterns in those simple shapes made it very interesting. I hope. Youll try your hand at one of these washing collections, take a photo of your work and posted in the project section. Please be sure to follow me here on skill share to get notified of future classes, please consider leaving a review and in the discussion, tell me which collection you prefer to dio and why. Thanks for joining me today.