Okay, we just have to say that we were BLOWN AWAY by the number of awesome submissions we received for our Painter’s Tape DIY Contest!! It was extremely difficult to narrow it down to 20 finalists, and I don’t envy you readers for the tough task ahead: choosing your favorites! We have separated the finalists into two groups of 10 projects. This is Group 1, and Group 2 will be posted tomorrow at 1pm EST. You can cast one vote only in each group, and next week we will share the top 6 finalists for one last round of voting before the winners are declared. Voting ends at 7pm EST on Sunday, August 19th.
Images of the first group of finalist projects and a little background for each are posted after the jump. Once you have admired, studied and evaluated them all, please CLICK HERE to cast your vote for Round 1 (PLEASE NOTE: The voting page will open in a new window/tab). Again, thank you so much to everyone who entered — your level of creativity and craft are truly an inspiration to our team, and we are so honored to be able to share these amazing projects. And thank you to Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape for sponsoring this contest; it’s been so much fun seeing what you all have come up with. Good luck to you finalists, and happy voting! — Kate
See the first round of finalists and cast your vote after the jump . . .
The vase started as a plain white porcelain milk container that I first covered in the blue painter’s tape. Then I created a design with masking tape and electrical tape. Any design will work. I just dove in, and the stripe and square design emerged. Things are easily changed using tape, so you are able to try things, and if something doesn’t work, you can easily remove it and try again. In addition to the vase, I also created a plate and an egg cup. Painter’s tape has no limitations, so it was fun to cover everything in it! — Leslie
Ombres, tie-dyes, dip dyes, and wash effects are everywhere, and it’s not a hard look to DIY but can look very homemade if you’re not careful. This diluted-bleach method removes color from an existing fabric and takes a lot of the guesswork out of dipping and dying. Adding a subtle stripe to your next ombre project using Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape is an easy way to move this trend on from standard DIY status. — Erin
The inspiration for my Painter’s Tape DIY was an image in Elle Decor of Kelly Wearstler’s beach house. There was a photo of a room with dramatic hand-painted wallpaper. I decided that the best way to replicate the look was to hand paint the stripes in a geometric pattern with a brush (I wanted to keep that hand-painted look and for the lines to have some undulation in color), cover the pattern in painter’s tape, repaint over the tape in the same color to prevent bleeding and to obtain crisp, uniform lines and then to cover the entire wall with a high-gloss white (4 coats of white). The final step was to peel away the painter’s tape to reveal the design. — Alecia
As an artist who regularly uses all varieties of tape in my drawings and paintings, I was quite excited when I saw this contest posted. One reason I love using tape in my work is because of its unique look and texture and the variety of lines achieved when it is torn. We are so accustomed to using painter’s tape to mask a straightedge to paint straight lines, so I wanted to put a spin on this practice by painting against a torn tape edge. This contest inspired me to paint my bedroom, which desperately needed some attention. The whole room isn’t done yet, but the paint has made a huge difference. This project celebrates my love of the beauty of ripped tape! — Jillian
I started working with natural indigo in my studio last year. It has definitely been a process of research and exploration. These bags were created by drawing a design on cotton canvas cloth, taping off the design, and then putting batik wax on top. The indigo process took about 4 dips. The wax must be boiled out of the cotton, which is then washed several times and ironed to ensure all of the wax has been removed. I then used scrap suede (from an old bag) for the bottom and married all the pieces together. — Kenya
To create this project, I started by cutting a small triangle template out of cardstock and tracing the triangles along the bottom and top edges of a roll of painter’s tape (staggering between the triangles on the bottom edge). I used an exacto knife to cut along the pencil lines, going over the cuts a few times until I had cut through several layers of the tape. I used the patterns to decorate cards, gift tags, postcards, etc. You can stagger and space the tape in many different ways to create different designs. I used small ink pads to color in my designs — just turn the ink pad upside down and pat it onto any exposed parts of the paper. — Kristen
My entry, “Sticky Lamp,” is made from rolled pieces of tape stuck together to form an organic spherical shape. I’ve seen lamps and pendants made using cylinders before, so I thought the tape might work, too. I love the way it diffuses the light and casts great shadows. — Giselle
I brought home this tree branch I’d found on the road side to fill my wall. I put up a strand of decorating LED lights to perk it up, but it still looked just plain, especially during the daytime, so I came up with these masking tape “sticky roses”! — Nancy
I decided to paint a clipboard for this contest because I use clipboards a lot to hang up inspiration on the bulletin board in my office. By painting the clipboard white, it instantly gave it a clean, fresh feel. I added some stripes by taping off sections to create some interest. With the hole punch, I was able to add even more visual interest to the design. The Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape definitely held its own by keeping paint exactly where I wanted it to go. — Laura
For this project, I decided to use my skills in leather dying and finishing to create a finished leather sketchbook. I used the painter’s tape directly on the leather and then cut away to reveal a beehive pattern. I then used some of my vegetable dye in the exposed areas. Once it was dry, I peeled away the tape, applied some accents of gold ink and went back into it with an ink pen using only the vegetable dye. I finished the piece with a protective coating of acrylic for leather. Inside, I bound watercolor paper and riveted it to the back of the book. — Amber
READY TO CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE PROJECT FROM ROUND 1? CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE! (PLEASE NOTE: The voting page will open in a new window/tab.)