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« on: June 06, 2012 11:57:09 AM »

I don't know where I first read about Washi Paper Tape, but after seeing all the adorable patterns, vivid colors, and cheery polka dots, I knew one thing...

Washi Tape would never work with my style of paper crafting. Let's face it, if it's paper and it's not distressed, ripped, and faded, I probably didn't make it.

Still the vast array of options in something as convenient as sticky tape is a crafty siren song.

After staring longingly at all the Washi Tape in an online shop, I finally had an idea: convert a plain wooden occasional table into a game table.

Here's the table in question:

Since Washi Paper Tape is semi-transparent, my first step was to cover the dark dark table with pages from an old law book that I picked up at a thrift store for about $1.00.

This was a step that sounded like a good idea at the time. More on that later.

As you can see, I penciled in a checkerboard on the top. And then I went to work with the Washi Tape (followed by a couple of coats of a satin acrylic finish).

What did I learn in this process? Never ever use a decoupage style "undercoat" with Washi Tape. While not glaringly obvious in the pictures, every overlap, bump, and wrinkle is definitely noticeable through the tape.

I would have been much better off to have gone with a simple painted undercoat.

Also, if you're doing a big project, measure carefully and order accordingly. Originally, I had planned to have a patterned design on the bottom shelf, but my Does-Not-Plan-Ahead self ran out of tape and the bottom shelf ended up with a coat of black paint.

Another tip: keep your craft blade sharp -- I went through four or five X-Acto blades during this project. The minute the blade gets the slightest bit dull, any "free hand" cuts aren't as straight as with a sharp blade.
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2012 12:20:55 PM »

Looks awesome! Grin

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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2012 09:46:30 PM »

I love how you worked around the lack of supply, Jivvy! The colors and patterns are really pretty.
That kind of thing happens to me all the time- but usually because I find awesome foil to cover surfaces and as soon as I get started, I want to do more and more and usually end up with quite odd designs due to using even the last scrap Grin
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2012 10:08:11 AM »

heh, I love mixing up colors and patterns.  Mr. Jivvy's opinion of such mixings is that he has no say on a piece of furniture that's staying in my office.

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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2012 11:37:11 AM »

Oh, he definitely is a smart man Wink
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2012 07:45:52 PM »

I kind of like the unevenness of where the legs end - it gives it some extra whimsy. i just heard about Washi the other day - is it hard to work with?
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2012 10:37:52 AM »

I kind of like the unevenness of where the legs end - it gives it some extra whimsy. i just heard about Washi the other day - is it hard to work with?

It really is just like working with masking tape... or maybe painter's tape.  It's less sticky than masking tape (making it easy to move/re-position).

It was fun to work with on this project, but I don't really see myself using it a lot -- it's just a bit too neat/cute for my work.

I did this piece because any time I see something new (even if it doesn't really mesh with my style), I just obsess until I try it out, lol. 

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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2012 01:10:47 PM »

It's so whimsical; I love it! I really like how all the legs are different.  Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2012 08:43:37 PM »

Thanks, Racky -- the different legs were just about the only thing I planned... well, that and having a checkerboard on top. Wink

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