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Could tape be used as a substitute for paper mache?
I think it’s promising for temporary projects, like masks, but there are both pros and cons for the idea. Let us know what you think of the idea in the comments below.
If we can find the kind of tape that was used in the video on the @Mr. Otter Art Studio YT channel, I’d like to do some more experiments. It looked much more ‘paper mache-like’ than the tape I used. You can find the video that inspired my experiments here or scroll down to the bottom of this post to see it.
- The name of the tape she used in that video is Creativity Street Wet N’ Stick Art Tape, and it’s “Currently unavailable” on the only listing that I found online. You can check this link if you’d like to see what the product looks like, even if we can’t buy any. (Edit: I just wasn’t looking in the right places – a lot of people gave us links to the tape. I didn’t buy it because it was way too expensive, but I did try a similar tape for another experiment. , but it didn’t work as well as the tape I used for this post. You can see the new video here.)
- This is the The Nextape Gentle Paper Tape that I used in this video.
If you’d like to play around with the idea to make a fast mask, you could use the fast, free blank mask form, here. The mask I made with that form was pretty silly, but scroll down that page to see what a couple of other people did with it. They look a lot better than mine! 🙂
I really wouldn’t use any kind of tape for artwork that you hope to keep for a long time, or for masks that will be used in a play. Real paper mache is much better for permanent work, but the tape is kind of fun to play with, and it would be a lot easier for kids to use than paper strips and paste.
The bird masks I used when playing around with the tape are now done, and they’re covered with feathers. You can see how they came out, and check out the patterns here.
Be sure to let us know what you think of this “tape mache” idea in the comments below. 🙂