Technique Tuesday: Masking Tape Magic


I can’t speak for anyone else, but I am definitely running on less sleep and more diet Coke these days which translates to fewer brain cells…so this week I’m showing a quick and easy masking technique.

A mask technique is one in which a material (i.e., tape, wax, rubber cement, masking fluid, etc.) is used to prevent color from coming in contact with a specific area. The material I’ve used is a low-tack masking tape, also known as artists or drafting tape because it is less sticky than regular masking tape. I’ve used this technique on the large photo in the above layout, but it can also be done over a collage of patterned papers for a really unique effect.

Masking Tape Magic
masking tape
spray paint (Krylon Short Cuts)

step 1: Adhere strips of masking tape vertically over photo, leaving about 1/16″ between each piece of tape as shown. Run your finger over all edges of each piece of tape to prevent paint from seeping under.
step 2: Spray over entire image with spray paint OR brayer ink over entire image; set aside to dry. Carefully remove tape strips to reveal altered image.

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10 Responses to Technique Tuesday: Masking Tape Magic

  1. Jennifer says:

    Very cool – love your techniques!!!

  2. tania says:

    way cool kelly! loooooooove the way you think!

  3. Crystal says:

    AWESOME IDEA!!!! Thanks for sharing! Crystal

  4. Kelly says:

    This is just too cool! I am off to go experiement! :)

  5. Sherri says:

    How kewl is that! Thanks for sharing your tips and ideas. It really IS so wonderful of you.

  6. kreativekell says:

    I look forward to seeing what each of you creates using this technique…and it is my pleasure sharing what I love to do with all of you…

  7. Poyan Aram says:

    Hi kelly!

    Beautiful art-work…nice technique!

  8. Carolyn says:

    Hi Kel!
    I can’t wait to try this!

  9. Kimberly says:

    Ohhhhhh….totally awesome! I must try this one. How do you come up with these? Love it! :))))

  10. ArtsyMama says:

    Love this effect. I must try it now. Great tips. Thanks!!!