“I washi-ed my iPhone case!”
“My laptop is so pretty after washi-ing it!”
Do these sentences sound familiar to you? If not, you may be questioning what is this
Wasabi Washi thing everyone seems to be doing to their accessories?!
Meet the Japanese tape that took the craft world by storm. No, it has nothing to do with that spicy green monster you have with your sushi. For the cynical, I hear all your “Isn’t it just masking tape?!” thoughts loud and clear on the other side of the screen. Yes, in essence, it is simply masking tape, but very pretty masking tape that boasts endless designs and limitless crafting possibilities!
Washi tape is usually made from natural fibers from bark of trees like bamboos or hemp. Don’t be fooled by their fragile appearances! Their natural material composition can make them as strong as duct tape, so you don’t have to worry about all that hard work washi-ing up your gadgets only to find them falling off after a slight brush with water or brute force.
The wide array of patterns, widths, and textures puts them in the good books of many dedicated crafters out there. It’s an affordable, beautiful, versatile and functional supply in every crafter’s toolbox for everyday and decorative use.
There is literally a washi out there for everyone- even the dudes!
All you need is some tape of your choice, a penknife, pen and measuring board if you would like, and you’re on the way to transforming that boring old transparent iPhone case of yours (typical, I know).
Another popular washi target is keyboard and laptops. It does take some work, but would you just look at the end result?! Worth it. And also, crafting is the best medicine for laughter, destressing, and everything in between!
Washi can be applied on literally every single thing. Camera? You got it. Birthday cards? Go ahead! Scrapbooking? Yes please! Your whole desk, you say? WHY NOT?!
The good thing about Washi is that even though it is so durable, it can be removed easily without leaving a sticky residue. This means more room for repositioning, improvements, and simply experimenting different styles!
Let me on it! WHERE CAN I FIND WASHI??
The price of Washi tapes average around $2 to $5, depending on its quality, size, materials and all that jazz. Washi can be found at local craft supply stores such as Art Friend, Paper Market, Typo, Scraplicious and so on. (Psst… For those on a budget, we hear that everyone’s favourite Daiso stocks em up too!)
An example of the unique designs of Washi- Beautiful limited edition tapes boasting Singapore designs such as the classic Kebaya and Peranakan prints. You can get them at annual art expos, or maybe even the weekend flea markets, so keep your eyes peeled and your wallets ready to grab them before they are gone! #SGPride #Supportlocal
Have fun Washi-ing! 😉