Japanese Washi Tape — the Masking Tape of my Dreams

Not that I’m going to use it to mask around the window panes next time I can bring myself to tackle a big household painting project. Nor can I imagine that a Japanese matron would use it for any such dreary purpose.

I don’t know where I discovered washi tape — and old Martha Stewart Living, perhaps? I quivered with desire. That tape haunted my days and kept me awake at night: I needed some more than I needed a new haircut. (Which I did.)

Washi tape is patterned masking tape. God, the Japanese are brilliant at this kind of thing — the ordinary made cute.

This stack of floral tape set me back about eight bucks. To give you a better idea of the beauty, fun and variety of washi tapes, spend awhile at http://www.cutetape.com, Here:http://www.cutetape.com/shop/japanese-washi-masking-tape.html. Why didn’t I know about washi tape? Why don’t I have an ecommerce web site that will give me a whiz of an old age while I sell washi tape?

This stuff really sticks, but it peels back easily enough so that it can be repositioned or moved. If I were a scrapbooker, which I’m not, , I’m surer than an aisle at Michael’s that it would be fab and fun. I framed a picture with it as an example for this blog, and stuck down samples of the other colors just for fun.

Well, as all of you know, the silly small things make me cheerful.



Filed under Art, Cool Japanese Stuff, How Cool is That?, Paper, Ten bucks or fewer

3 responses to “Japanese Washi Tape — the Masking Tape of my Dreams

  1. Bev

    I’ve never heard of it..but it is very cool. I’ll be on the lookout for some now. The picture frame looks great..just think of all the things that need taping..hmmm.

  2. Val Erde

    That’s beautiful! (I’ve not yet looked at the website yet but shall later).

    It reminds me of the Japanese handmade papers – have you seen them? I used to make handmade cards with it, layering the papers to get a certain effect, rather minimalist compared to what I do these days. I think you’d love those. Also the Indian and other papers, made with seeds and flower petals pressed into them. They’re lovely!


  3. Kim Shook

    Oh, that stuff is too cool! I’ve bookmarked it for next time I have a few bucks to do something fun with!

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