“I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable and beautiful and afraid of nothing as though I had wings.” ― Mary Oliver
One of my new favorite art supplies is washi tape.
It’s one of those supplies that I saw everyone using, but I couldn’t see just how I would ever incorporate it into my whimsical paintings.
Then one day at the craft store I saw all of the incredible patterns of washi tape. And I limited myself to three designs… just to try.
One happened to be these rainbow zig zags. Since I love rainbows and had been painting them in recent work, I figured I’d find some place for this pattern.
And the door opened!
I would not have thought washi tape could work for me. But it’s one of those little accents, like glitter or sequins, that just makes me smile.
It has helped me play more in my paintings.
How can you not play when you’re using glitter and tape and spray inks and stencils on paper.
Creating this piece really reminded me to let go, play and not care about any sort of typical perfection or what something “should” look like.
Ps. I’ll be sharing some of my latest paintings on paper in my next online course (coming in spring). If there’s anything you’ve been wanting to learn or create in your artwork, I’d be delighted to know.