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.
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.
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.)
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.
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!