Here we are with the 2nd example that I did for the Daily Paper Prompt to do with Borders!
I had so much fun with this one! One of things that was on my list to use in borders was tape! Just thinking of tape I'm sure can help you come up with fun and new ideas for your art! Not only are their several ways to use tape in creating borders, but think of all the actual tape you could use to create your border! The few that come to mind right away are the washi tapes, the new patterned duct and packaging tapes. But think of the tapes you could make yourself using plain scotch tape, masking tape, duct tape, and medical tape.
So for this example the tape doesn't show up in the end result. It is helping create the result of the border. So just another way in using tape! Here I'm using water color paper with painters tape! When I say painters tape I mean the tape they use when taping off walls when painting a wall in your home. The reason I used this tape is because they create it to be less tacky. So when I need to pull it off it doesn't ruin the paper. If you don't have painters tape don't feel like you need to run out and buy some! My suggestion would be to use masking tape. Before you put it down on your paper though I would attach it to your jeans and pull it back off. This will help in getting some of the tackiness off the tape. Of course you could skip that and just give it a try!
Before applying the tape I tore off a piece that would be long enough and then tore it down the middle. This is what will create the uneven edge of the border. After the tape was down I added some paint with my water colors to create a soft background.
After the background was dry I continued with my water colors and did some random and loose patterns. I just went with what came to mind. Remember this is for fun, to test new things, to see what you like, what works and what doesn't.
Here you can see I added a bit more color on the sides and my title right over the center of my work. Don't be afraid to layer things or have things go off the edges of the page! It gives your work interest and movement.
At this point I had decided I was done adding paint and removed the tape to reveal the edges. If you want something different you could add a few details in ink, but leave the border the way it is. I think it just depends on what you like or what your trying to achieve.
Here I wanted to show you another piece that I'm working on. It's just a different take on the tape scenerio for your border. My first step here was adding the color BEFORE the tape. Also the tape here is in 3 different areas and doesn't have the torn edges. I can't wait to finish this piece to see how it turns out just by tweeking a few of the steps from the other piece.
The final steps for this piece are to add the doodles or details. For the smaller lines I used an ultra fine sharpie. For the words and the boxes in the border I went for the thick sharpie. If you look close you can see white added to the words, the flowers, and the black squares. For that I used a white gelly roll pen. I think with this piece the thing I struggled most with was rather I should create the checkerboard effect for the border or to leave it plain white with just the doodles. I think either way would look great and just depends on what your in the mood for!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope this helped you to discover and think of new ways to use tape in your art! Remember just jot down all those ideas down somewhere, especially when they are flowing! These lists will give you something to refer to in the future when you may be stuck or are in the mood to try something new! I would love to hear or see what you come up with!