|Commercial Washi tapes|
I got the idea for making Washi tape from a Joggles tutorial, which showed making Washi tape with tissue paper and rubber stamps. However, this tape is made using your own art images. And the best thing about it is that it takes advantage of the Thumbnail Principle. You know what I mean, in the old Flickr system for posting things your work initially appeared in a small thumbnail size version, and, voila! It was instantly improved and way better looking. I consistently call myself the Queen of the Thumbnail (as well as the Mistress of Longears - one cannot have too many titles!)
Here's how it's done:
Use Photoshop, iWork Pages or Word or Excel to make the vertical height of your image equal to the desired width of your tape, anywhere from 1 1/2 inches to 1/2 inch or narrower. Copy the image over and over in rows on a printable document. It helps to space the rows so that they nearly touch each other. That will make cutting the strips easier.
|Printed without photo editing - a bit pale!|
Then print it on paper. You can use several kinds of paper, but I prefer the translucent papers. I used vellum which had a white leaf pattern printed on it, plain laser print vellum and tracing paper. My printer had a hard time handling the trace paper. It had no problem at all with the leaf-printed vellum, which is technically not recommended for laser printing.
|Some of the final tapes|