Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Wonders of Packing Tape

Those of you who have read my book or taken one of my workshops know the wonders of packing tape as an essential art supply--and about the cheapest one around. I use two inch wide, clear tape for several purposes, but here I am using it to fracture my painting. 

It has been too cold to paint in my studio, so I grabbed my watercolors and moved upstairs to a bedroom. Painting neat, clean and small, I decided it was time to try fracturing to get more ideas into a smaller space. 

Simply dividing my paper with tape and painting this bouquet in various ways on each side of the tape created a new look.


Mike said...

I saw a thumbnail of this painting on Myrna's site and immediately thought "That looks Like Tregay's work!" And lo . . .sure nuff!

You use regular ole packing tape . . .and it doesn't leak underneath?

Susan Webb Tregay NWS said...

Hi Mike, The packing tape doesn't leak if it is used on clean, new paper. Once it is laid on top of painted paper, it might leak--but you can see if you are in trouble. Can't do that as well with masking tape.

Angela said...

I'd have never thought of packing tape - but love the fact that it's clear --- I think I can definitely use it to get some of the ideas out of my head and onto paper.


Ken Goldman said...

Nice! I can't wait to try it Sue. Look forward to a copy of your book.