mad for washi.

i don’t exactly remember when washi tape made its way into my life. i seem to recall seeing it here and there on craft blogs, and then i used some for a photo shoot i was styling, and ever since that moment, i’ve been hooked. japanese washi tape is so simple, and yet it’s kind of elegant, like a lot of japanese design. and it’s so pretty! so i’m a little mad for it, and i order it from etsy all the time. or i bought some in paris at mercĂ­ (that cute one below with the little green, red & yellow polka-dots). or i’ve been given washi as a gift because people know i love it (thank you, katrina). so this is my little ode to washi tape.

i use it to seal the little glassine envelopes i stuff with my temporary tattoo business cards*. and i use it to tape stuff to the fridge, to my my walls, and to hang up artwork, and to seal special envelopes full of secrets. what do you use it for? i’d love to hear your ideas, since i seem to have an abundance of it.

* if you’d like some temporary tattoos, send me an email and i’ll instruct you where to send a self-addressed-stamped-envelope, and i’ll gladly mail some out to you!

Comments
40 Responses to “mad for washi.”
  1. i’m infected with the MT virus too ;)

  2. What a wonderful ode to Wasabi Tape! Haha!

    I have been thinking of purchasing some of this recently.
    I believe you have convinced me with your gorgeous photographs.

    Anna

  3. Tiffanie says:

    I’ve got an idea for Easter, but it’s a secret for now. Love the palette of your tape collection, suits you perfectly! :)

  4. Ashley says:

    Do you buy your tape online or at local shops? Just curious?

  5. La Tulipe says:

    I have the same virus in France ;-)

  6. Chelsea says:

    I’m sold. Going to get some Washi tape. xo

  7. These pictures make me happy. I feel I need some washi right now… and if it wasn’t for postage to New Zealand, I would totally be wearing your tattoo.
    xoAmes

  8. I have the same polka dots! I got that one from papersource. I’ve been using Washi in my quilt photo shoots. You can kind of see it in the first picture here: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/75767222

  9. Andrea says:

    I have never seen Washi, but I am now wanting some in a variety of colors! So fun! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Hannah says:

    that tape is totally addicting!

  11. I became addicted to washi tape last year. It’s so much fun! So far my main weakness is for striped tape. I use it as part of my shop packaging, and I also shared a quick tutorial on my blog for wrapping magnets. I need to make some more magnets to energize my fridge for Spring!

    http://blog.ordinarymommydesign.com/2011/09/diy-washi-tape-magnet-tutorial.html

  12. Ruthie says:

    I love your collection of washi tape Victoria, all of them and they are totally your colors!! I bought 5 today in pastel colors but I was looking for one in neon pink just like the one you have but they didn’t have any at the store… So far I’ve used it to decorate frames and vases, also some tags and cards Oh and I usually post some reminder notes on the door for me to see before I leave the house and I tape them to the door with washi and it looks nice and makes me smile :-)

  13. Keren says:

    I think the tape is wonderful both in notes, fashion shoots, and general stationery because it is a way of showing the human touch and human hand. Tape is always ripped with a bit of a rustic wear, never perfectly. Even even a letter is typed, this tape shows you cared enough to rip a piece off!

    http://thewalkup.wordpress.com/

  14. Sophia says:

    Yes why, I admire it from afar since it’s so pretty to look at! Maybe the links you shared tempt me this time! Yummy palette!

  15. super awesome photos!!! glad you caught the bug… ;o)

  16. Amanda says:

    I need some of this stuff!!! How cool… Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.littledooronthesound.com

  17. Jaimie says:

    I’ve never used it, but I’ve been thinking about getting washi tape to redo a little cheapo bookcase I got for free that is kind of beat up in spots. I saw a washi tape IKEA table makeover, and I thought it’d be a really good way to add some fun pattern to it besides simply painting it white (which I will do anyways, for the base).

  18. katrina says:

    i know exactly what you mean. despite my rich collection, i am always drawn to washi tape, especially new designs (which seems to be quite frequent!).

    i’m happy to see you using the pastel set! :)

  19. How have I not heard of this? It looks fabulous! I’m sure that I can quickly become a Washi Tape addict :O)

  20. Melissa says:

    My addiction has only just started – but I love it. Ode to washi tape. love it.

  21. Hi Victoria,

    I love tis post. I also have the Washi bug. I love how versatile it is. I use it in many of the ways that you do. But I also decorate old glass bottles with it when I reuse them as vases. ;) I use it to make handmade cards, to wrap gifts, to decorate notebooks. If it will stick somewhere, I will use it there.

    My friends think I am nuts. They think it’s like masking tape. ;) I am glad to have another washi addict.

  22. ApetitPois says:

    This are very very very cute!
    Seventy tree shop designed some gorgeous one as well! Colourful with fantastic patterns. You can see them here: http://apetitpoisdesign.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/lazy-sunday.html
    x

  23. Love this post! The colours and photography are great… oh yeah and the washi tape!

  24. Maggie says:

    What a great post! I’m also obsessed with Washi tape – I’d put it on everything if I could!

  25. Shawna says:

    Love Washi Tape! I bought 8 different rolls on etsy and covered the keys on my white macbook pro keyboard. It looks so great and I get a ton of comments on it.

  26. Mo says:

    I caught the bug a while ago, actually my latest additions look a lot like yours. I use mine on glassine envelopes to package my jewelry. I also love using it to make my boring to do lists more interesting, and therefore more to-do-able.

  27. On trips to Japan, I try to visit stationery shops for nice souvenirs. MT washi tape is my favorite purchase – I’m always drawn to their great colors and designs. I bought a roll of realistic pin designs last fall and love using it. Here’s my Flickr set showing off this fun tape –

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/8269677@n03/sets/72157629283477412/with/7007619455/

  28. Mandy says:

    I love this stuff! I found my first roll years ago in a Japanese store in Queens and used it to seal tons of letters. I also used during the holidays to create a criss cross on boxes instead of ribbon. Fun stuff.
    xoxo
    Mandy
    Little Maison

  29. kelly says:

    victoria! I’ve been looking for the red and blue airmail looking one forever- prowled through the etsy links for a bit- no luck… tell me i need to go to paris to get it…. i need a good excuse!

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  32. Jordan says:

    Love washi! How did I never know about it until now?! Where did you get the peach colored one in the last photo! I need it for branding and searching everywhere! Thanks!

    • victoria says:

      that peach one was a gift, so i’m not sure. but look on etsy – just search peach washi tape and i bet you find it. or google it! :)