Tape Art

“Proscenium Candles”–My new companion piece for “Blue Ballerina.”

I wanted to make a companion to go with the Blue Ballerina piece I made last week. Still going off of the inspiration from How About Orange and her office supply artwork, I decided to another piece of tape art. I just love the clean, contemporary lines, the potential for abstract, and the non-home-made feel, for lack of a better phrase. I also love that it’s easy to do, without looking that way.

My inspiration pieces from How About Orange. Click for the tutorial.

I almost identically replicated her abstract flowers, but I decided I wanted the negative space to be orange instead of white (to complement the blue of Blue Ballerina), and red for the background (’cause… I really like red, haha). So, I painted the canvas orange, and just couldn’t bring myself to do the flowers. I wanted the piece to fit emotionally with Blue Ballerina, not just visually. I wanted it to feel theatrical, performance driven, passionate.

Here are my two tape art paintings “Proscenium Candles” and “Blue Ballerina” outside in somewhat decent lighting.

The canvas with an orange blob sat on my kitchen table for 2 days while I waited for inspiration to strike. My husband suggested I move it downstairs until I was ready to work on it so we could, you know, eat, and I was like, “NO! I need it there. I need to see it!” I even did a couple of internet searches for “tape on canvas” for inspiration and came up with nothing. (See directly below for some cool examples.)

Check out this contemporary cool DIY project from Babies and Bulldogs.

I couldn’t track down the source for this one, but the description on Pinterest said, “Cut leaf petals out of painters tape…” and you know the rest.

Graphic designer Sarah Hearts used actual tape on canvas for her finished product. No painting and peeling.

And don’t you just love the one that Charlie’s daughter Eden made? That girl has an artists eye. Click for the tutorial.

After sitting on it for a while, it finally struck me: candles. Abstract candles were the inspiration. So, I attached the masking tape, cut small pieces to be the “flames,” and covered the whole thing with a layer of Mod Podge to ensure crisp lines. Then, I painted the whole thing red, and peeled the tape! I did use another layer of matte finish Mod Podge over the whole thing after the paint dried to seal and finish it.

Here’s a pic of them in their “home” on top of a desk in my living room under really, really crummy lighting. Charlie said the red one looked like organ pipes, which I might like even better than candles. I mean, it doesn’t really get more theatrical than that.

Now I keep getting all these new ideas for more tape art, but I don’t know if my house can handle more than 2 pieces like that. I might just have to live vicariously through you all, and see what you come up with. If you have done (or do at some point) some cool tape art, please share links in the comments. I’d love to see it!


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