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Washi Tape Seashell Collage

teacher avatar Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

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8 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Class Intro

    • 2. Class Supplies

    • 3. Collage Method 1

    • 4. Collage Method 2

    • 5. Collage Method 3

    • 6. Collage Method 4

    • 7. Class Wrap Up

    • 8. Bonus! Washi Tape Tips

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About This Class

Do you have an ever-growing washi tape collection because you’re enticed by the colors and patterns? 

Are you looking for fun and easy washi tape projects to use this great art supply?

Try your hand at using washi tape in a seashell collage, where you can use the washi patterns and colors to create stunning images in your piece. Because washi tape has an built-in adhesive, there’s no glue involved, making for a clean and easy project.
In the class, Washi Tape Seashell Collage, learn 4 simple methods for using washi tape to make little works of art to add to an art journal, greeting card, or frame. 
Showcase the beauty of the washi tape patterns using the tape you already own. The methods begin with the most basic and build up to “painting with washi”.

You’ll use basic supplies, like washi tape, the Seashell Template, and colors pencils to make your creations.

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Daniela Mellen

Artist & Author


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.

Check out my blog for additional info on my website danielamellen.com or my YouTube Channel for additional c... See full profile

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1. Class Intro: Hello, I'm Daniella Melon and author and artist. Thanks for joining me for today's class washi tape. Seashell collage Washi Tape is a decorative paper tape that comes in stunning colors, patterns and with it comes on a roll like standard office tape or flat on paper like stickers. Because of the amazing array of colors and patterns and the sticky backing Washi tape is a versatile art supply in today's class will use it to create seashell collages. I'll show four methods to create interesting collages using washi tape that I hope inspires you to use in your work for your class project. Use the template and select the sea show you wish to create. Then, using one of the methods demonstrated in class, add washi tape to create your work. Snap a photo of your C show and posted in the project section or in social media. Be sure to follow me here on skill share to get notified of future classes. Please consider leaving a review and thank you for joining me today. Now let's get started 2. Class Supplies: for our washing tape. Seashell collage. You'll just need a few supplies. You'll need your washi tape in any assortment that you have is great. We'll go into different washy tapes, the colors and whatnot for each individual chapter. But use whatever you have in your supply. Do that. I want to add some shading. Storms could use some colored pencils here. I find colored pencils work better. You might have some luck with markers, but I just find colored pencils work better for the shading on the tape because the tape is like a paper. I also have some sheets of wax paper right from the kitchen from the role, and I just cut them out. And I use Thies to transfer my tape. And then I have the washi tape template, the seashell template that you can download. You can find this in the project section, and I printed it out. You can either use card stock or just copy paper. Either way, you'll get good results. If you use card stock because a little thicker, a little heavier weight, you'll have more of a substantial piece when you're done, and then you just need a pair of scissors. In the next chapter, we'll go over the first process of using the washi tape in our collage 3. Collage Method 1: to start our first collage. I just cut out one of the sea shells that I wanted to use for this particular technique. And this is the simplest of the techniques. So I cut out this one, and in the end it will look something like this where you have your entire piece just covered with washi tape because this was a pattern. I lined it up and you could do that, or you could not do that. If you don't want to do that, we're gonna line it up today or at least attempt to line it up and then we'll do some shading. So I won't be needing the wax paper for this technique, although you could use it if you want. What it does is because it's transparent. It allows you to see your tape and where you want to put it. But because this is a small piece and then I'm using you just a simple pattern here of washi tape. I don't think I'll need it. So the first thing I do is I cut a piece of washing tape long enough for the widest point of my pattern here, and I'm just gonna set it down right on top, and then I'll just burnish it. You could burnish it right on top, or flip it and burnish it. And then I'm gonna take another piece, and here's where you try and match it. So you need to probably cut out a lot more than you'll use. And so I'm gonna match these little red marks here just trying to get our patterns lined up and again. Press that down and then one more This one. I don't need as much tape because I only have this much exposed Try this again. I don't like the way that one looked, so that doesn't line up exactly. And that happens with its washi tape. That can happen. And that's OK, so there I have my entire shell covered with the washi tape. You know, I'm gonna remove it from my surface carefully trying not to tear my actual collage. So just loosen all the pieces around the collage where it's stuck to the paper, and then once I have the paper underneath it, I have now one piece here gonna take it, cut it out just following those thick, bold lines of the contour and again I want those lines to remain So then I chose a colored pencil that was just the deepest shade of my main shade here. So I chose green. You could use whatever color you want. I just felt that the green spoke to me in this pattern. So there I have my seashell covered in the washing. Take a very simple procedure. I'm gonna take my colored pencil now, and I'm gonna go over my lines. And these are the lines of the actual see show. And I can either use a light box or hold it up to a window to get the line underneath it, or I'll just use my other seashell. Here is reference. So I know I have a little top of the shell here and I have my perimeter. And then I have each one of these worlds and again I'll go around and I'll take my time. So no, I have my seashell outlined and I'll start doing some shading. So I know that this part of the shell wraps around the shallots, the point closest to me. So I want that to cast a little shadow just underneath it, and I'll just blend this out and then the same thing with these worlds here underneath it, this is the top part Here is the closest to me. So underneath this first World, world will get a little shading underneath the next world and so on. And then I'll just shade this side as well. And the reason I'm doing this is I want the darkest parts to be the parts that are furthest from me and the latest parts, the parts closest to me. And you could spend more time. You could go around it with a darker color, like a black or a dark gray to really create your outline. But other than that, you have your shell. And so here's two versions of that show. It's the simplest technique. It's just covering the show with washi tape. And because the washy isn't thick enough, we line up the pattern, so it is an interesting affect. It will be a nice addition to an art journal 4. Collage Method 2: for our second washy shell that we're gonna collage were to do a similar procedure to the first show where we cover it with one layer of tape. But instead of covering the entire thing, we're gonna cover each section. So for that I chose a light color here for my main section. You don't have to do that. You can make it any colors you want. But I'm going to stick with one color family for the entire show. And I'm just using different variations of the yellow. In this case, if you wanted to do it with different colors, you could do it and get a different effect. But I'm gonna do it with just a single color today. So I have my tape. When I cut it out, I'd actually just tore it off, and I put it on my piece of wax paper. And the reason I did this is this way. I can plot around and see what shape I need to make. The only time I don't mind going putting my tape passed the lines this time I want to be careful of that is where it runs into another piece. So for that I'll take my main color here. My it's not really a main color, but it's the color of washi tape for my largest section. And I'm gonna put it down and I'm gonna go all the way up to the top here, and I'm careful not to put cover the tape in the next section. Now, for the next piece here, it's going to start to actually get into the bottom section. So I'm gonna take my tape that's on my wax paper. And I know it's the next sheet that I'm gonna use here. So I'm gonna hold it up to my piece and then because I can see through it and just gonna create the shape the outline here. I'm just going to mark that piece. I've traced it over with colored pencil and Mr Shows me where I need to cut this next piece of washi tape so all very carefully cut on the edge. Right on that mark we made pull it off the what of the wax paper, and then I'm just going to set it down right on my piece. Try and line up the edge here so that there isn't space in between each slice of washy. And if there is one, I'll just go in with a colored pencil when it's all done and just fill that piece in. But I'm gonna try and make an attempt at not filling it at not leaving a gap. I also I don't really want to cover the washi tape because it is translucent and you'll see that line. It's not the end of the world if it happens, but I'm trying to avoid it. And over here on the end here I folded over the piece of washi because after all it is taping. It's sticky and I'll just pull it out and do that. I'll continue doing this piece and I'll speed it up, but I'll show you the process. So there we have the peace. Now there's just a few little pieces exposed here, so I'm gonna take my colored pencil of a similar color and I'll go over it just like that, and they will continue with the different colors that I have on my sheet here, filling it in and I'll speed this along. It is a little bit of a tedious process, but you get a fun result at the end, and so we'll check back in after it's done. - So there we have our peace, all all the tape stuck down, and I'll just cut around it. And now I'll take my dark pencil here and I'll just review and go over it and create those outlines again, just all the way around. You could spend more time creating that sharp outline, and then I just take my colored pencil here and I'll go over the edge. And this is a very subtle colored pencil difference between the other, the colors that were using, and I'll just go over it just to create a little bit of a shadow over here in this space is that I know are further away from me. So, like this, the inside of this shell. Here, this is the top, and this is the bottom piece and the same thing here underneath these little worlds. Now, some tips when using your colored pencil on your washi tape. Wherever there is a scene, be gentle and go towards you very gently. Otherwise you can pull up the tape. And so there we have our second washi tape shell. Here are a little collage and same process. But you can see how the beauty of each of the washy tapes really brings out a different effect. 5. Collage Method 3: for our next shell. We're gonna use a slightly different technique with our washi tape, and we're gonna take advantage of two things. The strips of the washi tape as well as the shape of the object were using. So this might not work on all shapes. But it does work very nicely on this one, mainly because this is directional. So here's one that I did previously, and I used green as the main color. But I took advantage of the stripes and I kind of oh, veered out from the center here all the way across, and so that's what we're gonna do today. Now, to do this, you're gonna have to slice your washi tape in smaller strips than we have here, and we're gonna also have to cut it. So that's another reason why I like using it on the washi tape on the wax paper, because I can cut right through this, and it gives it a little stability. If I was trying to cut the washing tape just off the roll, it flips around and twists. So to do this, I just took an assortment of colors all in the shade of purple and As you can see, I have lots of patterns somewhere darker than others. Some have a floral print, some have a little text somehow even introduce another color. And so that's kind of a fun effect. I do like the addition of the additional colors and patterns. So I'm gonna start here, and I usually start with my darkest color or the color that really stands out. And that would be this one with the orange here. And so what I want to do is I want to cut stripes. But instead of cutting them parallel so that they're just little sticks, I'm gonna cut them in at an angle so that they're kind of just long triangles, so one side will be tapered and the other side will be thin and thick. And I like that effect. So I'm going to start here, and I start with my finished side in the center, gonna foot my shell upside down, and I'm gonna put my piece here. Now I have the luxury of choosing because it's a long piece. How thick I want the end to be. I could have it fully here like this or very thin like that I prefer it really nice and thick at the base. So I'm gonna take my pencil here and create that shape. So you know, when I'm cutting it the shape I want to cut it in and I'll just go around like this and then I know I want to cut it to about here. So again I make my marks, and then I just cut them accordingly. So I have my piece here and again, I can overhang the shell since I know I cut it out of the end anyway, and I just want to really line up here this part and I don't quite fit, so I cut it a little shorter than I should have, But I also could do this. So I had my first piece here with my other piece. I'm gonna just come along and choose another piece on the shell to do this since I have this piece right here and I'll take it just to the edge here and then cut it. And I put my piece down here because I might be able to use that on the other side. And to do that, I'll just take it, trim this paper down says a little more manageable. And I'll make that triangle that long wedge again. And so then I'll just set that down, move it over just like that and then with the washi tape, you want to burnish it now. Not all washi tape behaves the same. Some will stick very well, and some won't stick. So you'll have to adjust accordingly. And I'll show a technique at the end for what to do if you find the Washington is not sticking. So here I have my first layer down. Then I'll come back with my another layer here, and I think I'm going to switch from the dots to meaty, solid color here. So just cut that off again to make it easier to work with. And this is a much thinner strip of washi. So equipment here, and then I'll make my long wedge remove it from the wax paper and attach it. Now I find a little overlap right over here, and I think that's just fine. So then I'll save my piece here and I'll go back to another section and I'll take this color here and again. I'll make my nice long wedge Now what I really like about the washi tape and this effect is I can choose if I wanted to be symmetrical, meaning I want each side to be the same or I can make it totally different. And it gives me a lot of freedom of design, so I'm not gonna make it symmetrical. But I am gonna try and balance it out. So I put my piece down and I could either put it all the way down or just snippet. I think I'll just snip it for now, set it down and then I want one more piece to finish this. And so I go in here and select which one I want. I think I'll choose this one with the writing. So once again, I'll create my wedge and then just set it down. So now I'll speed up the production. But I'll continue doing this with the remaining pieces. So there we have all our washy set a poner shell gonna flip it over and just cut around the edges. But first I'll burnish it. This will help any edges to stick. Then I cut around the perimeter here, and then I'll go through the same procedure where I take my pencil and I'll go over the outline here of each of the sections of the show. And again, I'm being careful along the edges and then to shade it. If I want to shade it, I'll just pull it some color here from the side here, being careful not to pull up the washi tape and then each section, I'll give just a little bit of shading doing this with the black, and then I'll just go in there with the purple a little bit to stop offset it a little. This unites it as well, and there I have the third version of the washi tape collage See Show. 6. Collage Method 4 : And now for our last see show, I have an assortment of colors here from blue to green and some turquoise. So kind of a combination of those two colors. And I'm gonna make Tauron paper inside each of these sections. So all I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take thes strips and I'm gonna try and eliminate any of these straight edges. What I like to do is start with my darkest color and I liked away one side of it, which means I like toe go a little heavy on one side. It could be in the bottom of each section, could be the side of each section. And then I'll slowly build up the color going, darkest to lightest. So here, I'm going to start with this dark blue and I'll take some of the stark green here. And because of the washi tape pattern itself, not all of it is dark green, so I'll play around with it. This gives me a lot of freedom. I'll take one strip of this blue here, and I like to tear it into manageable sizes just a couple of inches, and I remove it from my wax paper and then I just cut out shapes. So I'm eliminating the straight edge now with a straight edge because I'm going over the edge of the seashell here. This segment I can put the straight edge right on that dark edge. I just don't want the other edges that are exposed to be straight. So I'm gonna pull different shapes and put them down here on the base of each of my sections. And again, you can do it on one side. You don't have to do it at the base. So I just take I remove it from my wax paper in a manageable section and then I just tear shapes. So I get a rough edge, Really, is what I want. Now I'm trying to go heavier on the dark colors here, right at the base of each of these segments. And I'm starting with the largest one. And then because I'm using blue and Green, I think I'll skip and alternate. But again, you could do that all the same. Just making each segment kind of a Grady int in itself, and that's an interesting effect as well. So here I have my first layer down on this segment And because I know I'm gonna skip a segment and I have a little left on my finger here. I'm gonna go up to the next one and just add a few pieces here on the bottom of that section. So now I want to continue here, Cut this piece up, and I'm gonna tear this segment here and get my dark color. And I'll take that again, eliminating all the straight edges if I can. And set that overlapping some of the pieces or either up or even up against the pieces of the tape I've already put down because of this particular pattern has some green in it. If there are any areas with the green, I'll just move it up to my next layer. I want this later. Be predominantly blue, Little green. It will be just fine, but I'm trying to choose the blue. And again, that's just arbitrary, my own choice again. I'm putting a lot of the darker colors of the base of this section. Then I'll move over here with the next darker color in line, this turquoise again trying to get rid of any straight edges. If I have a straight edge or a little piece that I don't think I can use. I just set it aside for now, and I try and fill up this area again. I don't mind going over the edge because I know I'll shade it in and then I'll take the lightest of my blue colors. It should be this piece here and I'll finish it off. The size strips really depends. Um, or the size cuts that I make really depends on the side strip. I start out with the pattern of the washi tape on that strip because that can really add to your collage and just what you want to do where you want to place it. And I think it's a really fun effect. So there I have one section done. I'll continue the other sections and will come back. Take a look. So now we have our peace all finished in terms of all the tape is tourney and set down on it. I'm gonna take it and cut it out and then we do my shading. So I'm gonna start with my darkest color and I'm gonna go over all the contour here. The perimeter of each segment and then on this one. In between these sections, here is a little space and just gonna fill that in with the dark color. And then I'll take my dark blue here and just create a little little shadow right at the base of each segment here just to create a little depth, because that's where I think the shadow would be. And then I have my last piece. Now I find with the pieces where I cut up and I tear up the tape and I set it down the edges don't stick a swell, and so you could really just make sure you do a really good job. Burnishing it by flipping it over or what I also like to do is sometimes I take Matt medium , so I'll take a little bit of this Matt medium here. I'll put it on my piece, spread it with either a brush or palette knife and just let that dry. And what I get is this piece here, which it's hard to tell, but it's very smooth, and it's Matt, and all the edges have kind of been encased in that clear medium. When you put the medium on it, looks cloudy and it dries fairly clear, mostly clear, translucent somewhere, depending on between clear and translucent, depending on the mat medium you use. It's like a mod podge as well. And so I put that on my piece, and then it becomes more stable, and this makes a great shell to tuck inside my journal. 7. Class Wrap Up: So here we have all the shapes we did in class today. All the collages of our seashells. Here are the results that we did in class and here some variations. And I wanted to show you how depending on the brilliance and the pattern of the washing, you get a completely different result. So started with our first shell. We took our washi tape and just covered it with a single pattern, attempting to line it up more or less. And then we just shaded it in and we got a very different effect. So here we have a teal and white pattern, and here we have the plaid with greens and a little bit of red. That's a very interesting look for the next one. We did a very similar thing. But instead of coloring the shell and treating it as one piece, we treated each section individually in class, a demonstrated showing various shades of yellow. But there are variations you can do here We did. I did a Grady int starting it red and all the way to blue, and I treated each section individually and here I stuck with one color family and treated each section individually matching up the pattern for each. It's a very whimsical effect, and you get very different results based on the pattern of the washy you use this one. I took into consideration the shape of the object that we were covering in collage ing, and in this case, this show radiates out from the center. So we created long wedges. We stuck with one color scheme. This is purple in class, and we just radiated out and get a nice look here. Here's another example. Don't with a softer color, a green and again, just like in our one here, where most of it is done in purple. There's the occasional orange or white poking through in this one. There's a little bit of golden dark poking through, and so those contrast ing patterns have take on a whole life of their own and give a different effect. The last one we were really actually started to paint essentially with the washi tape is where we tour up the washi tape. So we moved away from the strips and created our own organic shapes, and then we painted and by painted I mean we set it down and use different shades of it to given effect, and it makes the I look like I think it's a almost a painting. So here we have the one we did in class and we did blues and greens on here. We pick that up with the teal is well, and here are some other ones that I did to show you the effect where I stuck with more blues and just the occasional colors that were in the different patterns of the washing tape pop through and gives a very lively image. Here's one where I took each segment, treated each segment individually and created each Torrance segment with a different color . Again, Very fun look. And then here I took a different shape show and did the same thing. Where I have each section is tourney up, and I kind of shadowed it by using the darker color on the edge. The results were this seashell collage are beautiful images, and you can use them in art journals as tuck spots on the front of cards, or just as your in your collection of accessories for your artwork. I hope you'll try your hand at one of these collage seashells using the washi tape, you could get very interesting effects depending on the tape, color and pattern you use. And I'd love to see your results. Please post a photo of your work in the project section is sure to follow me here on skill share to get notified of future classes. And please consider leaving your review. Thank you for joining me today. 8. Bonus! Washi Tape Tips: for a bonus class. I just wanted to share some generic tips about washi tape so the washing tapes come in rolls or in strips. And when they're in strips like this, they're sold like a book of stickers, and each one is it's It's own strip. Now there's usually a border around each one, and so the strips are not as long as you might think at initial glance. And so by that I mean, if I pull up the little border between each one, you could see the size of the actual strip. So that's something to consider if you're looking for a particular with also, sometimes the washi tape in strips or on a roll come in shapes. So what? First glance, this might appear to be a gold metallic, but if you look closer, it's actually a series of stars. And so if I was to pull away the parts that you will not get for the washi tape, you actually have a strip of stars. Another thing to consider is that the washi tape can be on the size roll very wide like this, or very thin like this, and so that's pretty obvious. Unless the packaging kind of hides it. So if you're looking online, you want to just keep in mind the whiff, and it's usually sold in millimeters wide. Now, sometimes the whiff is very hidden. They'll say 10 rules and they'll show in a box, and then they'll show various sizes, when in fact it's assorted sizes, so you might get two or three rolls of a wider size, say the 15 millimetre, and then you'll get the remainder of his really Finn rules. And that's OK, as long as you know what you're purchasing. Another thing to consider is sometimes the washi tape, in addition to coming into strips or on a roll, comes in these little rolls and again they can also be in strips. But instead of a continuous strip of paper there actually individual and usually they're pedals to flower. So here's one, and here's a single petal, and it's very lifelike and very beautiful in this strip is full of the pedals. Now keep in mind that as well that this also comes in a length, so it might be two meters. It might be one meter, and it could be as high as 15 meters and it really depends. And the only way to tell is to look at the description or to actually just take a peek at the role. And from here, you can see the different lengths. You might not know the exact length, but you can eyeball it and say, This is just a couple of times goes around the circle, whereas others are a lot thicker. So you know you have mawr bang for the buck or more supplies if it's not obvious at first glance. Another way Washi is interesting is sometimes it comes on the role, and it doesn't appear to be sticky back. But it actually has a paper backing to keep it sticky, so you can either keep it on your role just like this. And then when you go to use it, you either cut or tear the peace off and then you peel off the backing as opposed. So it's just like this, and then we'll peel that backing. And here it's a typical piece of washi, or what we think of as washy as opposed to the ones that come in the role, and they're just sticky right on the roll. So that's just a slight variation. Another variation is within color. There's nothing uniform about the color here. I have three different manufacturers of a read. This one is duck like duct tape. This one is a store brand from I think it was Michael's or craft store, and I don't really know where this one came from, but you can see the variation in color. And in general speaking, the generic washi tape is a paper tape that is supposedly reposition herbal on paper when you stick it down. I have not found that to be an absolute I have found. Sometimes the Washington will come up and can be repositioned, and other times, if it comes up, it tears the paper and or the washi tape itself will tear. So while there is a little leeway in a little window of being able to reapply tape if you don't have it in the right spot again, it's not absolute. And because they're in a role, usually it's very hard to actually see what color of the background is because it's built up so high here. So while this appears yellow, not really sure what color it would be on paper the same thing with these rolls of washi tape, and one is a knock off of the other. They're both books lined up, and so when I actually set them down on my paper, I could see that this one was actually a die cut and you can't really see, probably on camera. But the tape is shaped to go around the shape of these books here, and let me see if I can find the edge just to show you if I pull it off so some of it's going to be cut to size and shape. So there you go. You can see that it's not a perfectly rectangular piece of paper, and I like that effect. Lastly, One thing to keep in mind when you're purchasing washi tape because you confined washi tape or decorative tapes anywhere from the dollar store to very high end stores is not all washi . Tape is the same. Some washi tape will tear come right off the role beautifully. You can tear it. It's not covered in any type of plastic. You can set it down nicely, and then there are others that when you start on the role, you get like a little strip, and you have to try and play with it to try and get the whole thing and coax it all off. And it's very rare to get a nice, solid piece. So the way you handle that is if I do purchase a role and when I get home and I use it and I find if this isn't working so well, I'll usually just avoid shopping at that place for washi tape, I find a bum tape. I just don't use it anymore. I toss it, um so that I'm not using it in my supplies as I find it more frustrating than helpful. Thanks for watching.