Do you know how washi tape first began? It is a really lovely story. It all began in 2006 when 3 japanese women from Tokyo emailed a Masking Tape manufacturer, MT. At that time, masking tape was used solely for industrial purposes. Well, these ladies asked to visit the factory and they brought along a book showing masking tape in various colours and designs. They suggested to the manufacturer that it might be a good idea to produce masking tape in different colours. Surprisingly, the manufacturer thought it was a good idea and tested it out. And, of course, you know how that story ended.
I love that story! Three ladies who saw a possibility and acted on that idea. An idea that has pretty much revolutionized the craft world. What do you think the craft world could do with more of? I'm thinking patterned tissue paper or multi-coloured liquid paper. Any ideas?
For those of you that might not have seen or used washi tape before, it is distinctive in that it is slightly translucent as it is made of japanese washi paper. I also particularly love that you can easily remove it from surfaces and it doesn't leave a sticky mark. That makes it great for testing and repositioning and trying new ideas.
Today, there are a number of places that stock these colourful and versatile tapes. Here are just a few. I suspect most stationery shops will soon begin to carry them too. Feel free to leave a comment if you want to share another source.
1. Art Friend
2. Paper Market
3. Scrappin' Love
5. Little Happy Shop
If you already have a stash of washi tape and are interested in craft ideas for washi tape, check out my pinterest board : craft with washi tape. I really enjoyed pinning ideas to this board. I would love to make some washi tape stickers and washi tape feathers. They would be great additions to my scrapbooking and gift wrapping.
What would you like to make?