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What’s Washi Tape? How to Use Washi Tape in Diamond Painting

It seems like new crafting products are hitting the market every day now, which is great for avid crafters as there’s always new things to discover. Many of these fun products can be introduced into your favorite types of arts and crafts projects. Washi tape is not necessarily new, but people are finding new uses for it all the time, and we’ve discovered a way to use it as one of our diamond painting accessories. If you’re wondering, “What’s washi tape?” don’t worry! We have all the answers you’re looking for and suggestions for how to start using it.

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What’s Washi Tape?

Originally created in Japan, washi tape was not intended to be used as a crafting item. It was a type of masking tape made from natural materials including bamboo and hemp. The purpose of washi tape, initially named MT (masking tape), was to create a kind of tape that was adhesive but also easy to remove from items. 

When the company that produces washi tape, Kamoi Kakoshi, heard from a group of three women who had been using the product for crafting, they immediately invited the innovative women to the factory, and a new type of MT tape was born. 

Now you can use this lightweight, highly adhesive but easy-to-remove tape to decorate everything from your bedroom walls to your pencils without worrying about the tape damaging the material underneath. Available in beautiful patterns and colors, washi tape has even been inducted into the world of diamond painting accessories.

Using Washi Tape with Diamond Painting

Wondering how exactly washi tap and diamond painting are related to each other? Below we’ve mapped out some of our favorite ways to use washi tape with our diamond creations! 

Cover Areas You’re Not Working On—Diamond art painting kits should come complete with a protective top layer to prevent dirt and dust from sticking to your canvas.  This protectant keeps your canvas safe and sticky while you're not working on it. 

Most diamond art painters like to use washi tape to create a square grid on this top cover so they can work on the design by sections while keeping the canvas protected. As each section of the painting is completed, diamond painters remove the washi tape and protective covering for that part. Because washi tape is designed to be removed from surfaces easily, it won't impact the covering, adhesive or canvas quality as you continue to work. This is one of the main reasons why washi tape is so widely used by diamond painters besides the fun, cute, colorful designs.

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Make a Decorative Frame—Once you’ve finished a project, you might be wondering what to do with the finished diamond painting. Well, you can keep up your creativity by creating a beautiful washi tape frame around the design. We do recommend using a real picture frame around the finished project to keep dust and dirt away, but before you seal it into its frame, get creative with your washi tape. 

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Find a pattern or colors that match the design of your painting and start to tape around the white edges. If there’s too much white left on your canvas, you can use scissors to trim it down. Once you’ve created your decorative frame, slide your completed project into a glass frame and find the perfect place to hang it in your home!

Decorate Your Diamond Painting Accessories—You don’t have to restrict yourself to using your washi tape only with your diamond painting project itself. Most diamond painters have an abundance of diamond painting accessories, so why not try spicing them up by adding your favorite patterns and colors of washi tape? You can wrap washi tape around your drill applicator—but, be sure not to tape over your grip if you’re using one—or create beautiful designs on your bead organizer. 

If you use a portfolio folder to keep finished or in-process projects safe, you can also use washi tape to decorate your folder to make it uniquely yours. If you’re feeling really creative, you can even use washi tape to decorate the walls of your crafting room or other areas of your home.

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Take Your Diamond Paintings to the Next Level with Washi Tape

If you’re still wondering “What’s washi tape and what does it have to do with diamond painting?” you’ll just have to try it out for yourself. Browse our collection of diamond painting patterns to find a project you want to work on, and then seek out matching washi tape colors if you’re looking to amp up your diamond painting game with a beautiful washi tape frame. You can use your extra washi tape—or order more!—to customize your diamond painting accessories and keep your crafting supplies looking beautiful.


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