Mastering Washi Tape in Diamond Painting

Diamond painting is a widely popular craft that involves using tiny, sparkling diamonds to create a beautiful work of art. While the diamonds themselves can be mesmerizing, adding some extra flair to your diamond painting canvas can make it truly unique. One way to do this is by using washi tape on the outside edges of the canvas. Not only is washi tape colorful and versatile, but it’s also eco-friendly and has a long history dating back to traditional Japanese paper-making techniques. In this blog, we’ll explore in depth how to use washi tape on the outside edges of your diamond painting canvas, along with some interesting facts about this popular crafting supply.

Step 1: Choose Your Washi Tape

The first step in using washi tape on your diamond painting canvas is to choose the right tape. With a plethora of colors, patterns, and designs available, it can be hard to choose just one! Consider the colors and theme of your diamond painting and choose a washi tape that complements or contrasts with it. It’s worth noting that not all washi tapes are created equal, and the quality of the tape can vary widely. It’s best to choose a high-quality tape that won’t damage or peel off easily.

Fun Fact: “Washi” means “Japanese paper” in Japanese, and washi tape is made from traditional Japanese paper fibers, including bamboo, rice, and wheat.


Step 2: Measure Your Canvas

Once you’ve chosen your washi tape, it’s time to measure your canvas. Measure the length and width of your canvas to determine how much tape you’ll need. It’s always best to measure twice to ensure accuracy. If your canvas has rounded corners, it’s best to use a small piece of tape to secure the tape to the canvas at each corner.

Fun Fact: Washi tape was first invented in Japan in the 1920s, and was originally used in traditional Japanese crafts like origami and calligraphy.


Step 3: Cut and Apply the Tape

Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut the washi tape to the length you need for each section of the canvas. Start at one end of the canvas and apply the tape along the outside edge, smoothing out any bubbles or wrinkles as you go. Continue applying the tape until you reach the other end of the canvas. Trim any excess tape with your scissors, and voila!

Fun Fact: Washi tape is biodegradable and recyclable, making it a more eco-friendly alternative to traditional adhesive tapes.


Step 4: Experiment with Patterns and Colors

Once you’ve applied the washi tape to the outside edges of your canvas, you can experiment with different patterns and colors. Try using different colors of tape on different sections of the canvas, or create a pattern using multiple tapes. The possibilities are endless! Be creative and have fun with it.

Fun Fact: Washi tape is so versatile that it can be used for everything from home décor to gift wrapping.

In conclusion, using washi tape on the outside edges of your diamond painting canvas is a fun and creative way to add some extra personality to your artwork. By choosing the right tape, measuring accurately, and experimenting with patterns and colors, you can create a unique piece that truly reflects your style. Plus, with its eco-friendly properties and rich history, washi tape is a crafting supply that you can feel good about using. So why not give it a try and see how it can enhance your diamond painting? With washi tape, the possibilities are truly endless!

 *Bonus washi tip!

Create a grid on your canvas with your washi tape. Why? Because, when you’re working on a large, intricate design, it can be easy to get lost or confused as you’re placing your diamonds.

By using washi tape to create a grid on your canvas on top of the plastic cover, you can break the design down into smaller, more manageable sections. This can help you stay organized and ensure that you’re not accidentally skipping over any diamonds.

 content provided by Beth Frye