Washi Tape: What is it? Find out at our April Crafty Hour!

29 March, 2012 0 comments Leave a comment

There’s a new craft supply in town: washi tape! Never heard of it? That’s ’cause it’s pretty darn new. What’s so special about washi tape? It’s just really cool. From Omiyage Blogs:

The whole washi tape phenomenon started in 2006. A group of artists approached a Japanese masking tape manufacturer – Kamoi Kakoshi – and presented them with a book of art they had created using the company’s industrial masking tapes. The artists requested that Kamoi Kakoshi manufacture colourful masking tapes for artists.

This was the start of mt masking tape. In the beginning, there were 20 colours, colours designed to bring out the beauty of the rice paper (or washi) used to make the tape. The tapes were a hit – with artists, crafters, and design lovers – both in Japan and, gradually, internationally. With success came new colours, patterns and sizes.

Awesome, right? Washi tape is different from your average scotch tape in a couple of ways. Firstly, it’s made in a ton of gorgeous colors and patterns. Secondly, you can tear it by hand, and it’s a little transparent. This stuff is really versatile, and the crafty people of the world have pounced upon it, creating kazillions of ideas. We’re going to look into some of these ideas at our next Crafty Hour, which is April 12 from 5-7 PM.

From clothespins to gift tags to banners to wrapping paper accents, washi tape adds a nice little bit of color and pretty to just about anything.

We’ll have a colorful selection of washi tape on hand for you to experiment with, lots of paper products to embellish, a few glass jars, and a list of even more fun ideas. It’s gonna be great, and by the end of the night, I’m pretty sure everyone’s going to be wild for washi!

If you’re already hooked on the idea, RSVP on our Facebook page so we can have enough supplies for everyone! We’re also happy to announce that we’ve got the rest of the year’s Crafty Hours planned out and available for your perusal on Facebook as well. Why not plan ahead?

Hope to see you there!

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