3.28.2013

my new love

aahhh...my new love...recently discovered...came to the rescue when others had fallen by the wayside...
others that were not up to the challenge...but my new love did not disappoint...






































And what might you ask is my new love...why its first aid tape...the kind of tape you use to wrap around a piece of sterile gauze to dress a wound (which unfortunately I had to do recently for the Southern Man...but he'll be fine...)

Let me fill you in on the back story...

I have been working on my 10 piece collage series...where I designed the scientific inspired images to complement the botanical prints...I wanted a way to attach the transparency images to the canvas...but wanted to convey a "this work is in progress" vibe.  So I thought it would work to use artist's tape...rip off a piece, stick it on...

I did a little research on the web...not really finding what I want...thought I would just drive down to the local Staples and pick up some Scotch brand artist tape (its so sad that the local art supply store closed here in our smaller town...now I have to go to Seattle if I want serious art supplies...)  Run into Staples...not only do they not have artist's tape...but they have one roll of masking tape (a borderline substitute...) and its $8.00 a roll!  As I'm leaving empty-handed...figure I might as well pop into the Dollar Store which is next door.  I'm going through the aisles - get to the "hardware" section - they have white masking tape (even better than the tan stuff!) so I pick up a roll...on my way to the cash register, I meander down the "first aid" aisle...and there I see it...first aid paper tape...its a dollar...I grab a package...



When I get home, I open up the package...this is not the old first aid adhesive tape from my youth...the one that came in the metal snap container...and the tape that ripped the hair off your arm when you removed the bandage...

I see that its in English and French...made me love it more...









I get to work on my collages...its perfect...secures the transparencies, gives that nice torn edge that I wanted...
and its semi-transparent...so it blends in instead of standing out like a big white blob...































I like that I can see the type underneath...its all about the layering...






































So like any new relationship...I wanted to test the limits...since it was paper-like...maybe I could print on it...I ran it through my ink jet printer...it worked...but I was afraid it might get stuck...and create a problem that I didn't want...so I got out my rubber stamps...worked great...you can design your own personal washi tape...for only $1 a roll...I think I'm in love...














I have to give a shout-out to Amy Thayer Photography...picked up a couple of easy photography tips from her FB page earlier in the week...she's great...
stop over at her page and give her a "like"...

15 comments:

  1. you, my creative friend, are a genius! Love the effects! I am off to visit your friend!
    Happy Easter!
    xo

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  2. Thanks for the tip on the tape. We have a new Dollar Store about to open in our town, may have to go on a tape hunt. And, thanks for the link to the photo tip!

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  3. this is a great idea for collage!
    i was thinking that a final coat / layer of gel medium or liquitex varnish will assure it stays put? what do you think?

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  4. Wow, you are the mother of invention, love that it's only a buck! I have some of that, only used it once, now I have options for it. Love the photos.

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    1. thanks Karen...yes, play around with the tape...I feel like I can try lots of different things with it...and if it doesn't work, its ok since it was only a buck!

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  5. so love your work! bought some of your cards at Todd's Bountiful the other day...happy spring! : )

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  6. Very cool!! I learn something new with every visit! And what did you do to the Southern Man? Was it that soldering iron...

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  7. So beautiful bits of creations! Love the tape!

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    1. thanks Kim...the tape is wonderful...you should get some to play with...

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  8. Works perfectly and looks fabulous. Wonder if I can find it in Australia for $1? I visited Amy Thayer Photography and gave her a like. Are yiu eating lots of chocolate this weekend?

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  9. Oh this could be the start of trouble, Amy!
    Happy Easter to you.
    xo Carole

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  10. How smart of you! So glad you shared with us. I tell you, sometimes the old noggin' just needs a boost in the right direction! Love your work! Happy Easter!

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    1. thanks - happy to share my findings with others...we all need a nudge every once in a while!

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  11. Brilliant! I love these kind of finds that "beat the system" .... Who needs fancy washi tapes?

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  12. kim - you are absolutely right! today I played some more with stamping on the paper tape...loving it more and more...

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