In recent years I’ve used tape to mask off the edges of my sketches and other watercolour blocks such as colour charts. I’m yet to find a solution that is economical and 100% reliable – however for now I’m happy with using washi tape…
The benefits of washi tape are that it comes in a variety of widths and the small rolls are easy to carry around every day in my sketching kit. Whenever I’m in a stationery or craft store I look out for washi tape on sale.
I have two techniques that minimise the risk of the tape ripping off the paper when I remove it:
The paper you use makes a big difference as well. These solutions work well for me using either Stillman & Birn Alpha or Moleskine watercolour sketchbooks.
BTW1: the colour chart contains swatches of paints by Deep Deep Light – more here.
BTW2: The other images are from a demo done for my Sketchbook Design course… and a group will be starting to work through this course next week on 6th April. Find out more here.
Would love to hear from you below in the comments… what tape do you use?
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