Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tangles and Washi Tape

Since I started my art journaling about a year ago, I've become captivated with two "techniques" that I use all the time: Tangles and Washi Tape.

Tangles are meditation drawings with a repetitive pattern, just right for the student in me, and all of Ms. Jenny's students, no doubt! I started drawing tangles (short for zentangle) to practice my doodling skills. (Almost) each week, I pick a different tangle and write about it for AlphabeThursday.

Here are a few of the tangles I've drawn:
clockwise: DeKore, XYP, Cross Stitch/Corner Box/Corn Rows/Grass Border, Sugarcane and Eyelet/Ribbon
If you feel like doodling and want some cool patterns to follow, go visit for free instructions.

One of my new favorite mediums to use in art journaling is Washi Tape. I also use it for attaching shipping "labels" - they really brighten up my little packages. Washi tape is a decorative tape, made from rice paper in Japan. It was created first by Kakoshi & Co in 2006, and is now a staple in the art and craft movement worldwide.

Here's a page in my junque journal, when I was inventorying the Washi tape that I have.

And I JUST received nine more rolls.  I'm in heaven!

You can try making your own decorative tape with this neat tutorial. I tried it with some masking tape I had in the house, but should have painted the tape first. If you try it yourself, you might want to use fabric adhesive tape, like it says. Have fun!

Want to see what the other students in Ms. Jenny's class wrote about? Come visit our classroom here


Cathy Kennedy said...

Where do you buy Washi Tape? This is really interesting. I love to be creative in just about anything I do. This appeals to me and I'm certainly going to look into it! Thanks for sharing.

Here’s my Alphabe-Thursday lesson…T is for…

Cathy Kennedy,
Children's Author, “The Tale of Ole Green Eyes”

Jo said...

Very interesting!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Oh, I love Washi tape!!!

Gattina said...

Interesting, I have never seen that.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

The tape is beautiful!

Sue said...

Thanks. I'd never heard of washi tape before.


memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I see a lot of people using Washi Tape in scrapbooking...gonna have to get my hands on some!

randomcreative said...

That tape is a lot of fun! I had some decorated Hello Kitty tape when I was little, but I haven't seen anything like that in years. I will have to keep my eyes out for it.

BeadedTail said...

Thanks for explaining what tangles and washi tape are! I've seen the words used and thought I knew what they were but found out I didn't so thanks for clearing that up!

♥α§ђ£ε¥™♥ said...

Totally not an artist but

That is awesome

I kind of wish I had my creative, artistic days back, but they've come to a more alternative, realistic ground, with life events and education. *sigh*

Thanks for sharing though

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I checked out the tanglespatterns site and they look like the kind of doodling I used to do in my teens and 20s! Perhaps I should take that up again -- great way to relax!

Kerri said...

How very interesting! I have never hear of that tape.
Visiting from Alphabe-Thursday!

Birgit said...

Great projects -- thanks for sharing!

Greetings from Germany,

PS: See my T post here! :)

Jenny said...

That tapes sounds terrific.

Seems like a fun and different way to embellish!

I'm off to google it!

But before I go, thanks for linking up to Alphabe-Thursday's letter 'T'.


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