We’ll be honest: prior to joining Paperchase, we too were oblivious to the crafting essential that is washi tapes and we had a lot of questions when we heard the word ten times a day.
It sounds like tape you’d use for laundry or, depending on what you get up to in the shower, something you take into the bathroom. It’s actually a decorative adhesive tape made from traditional Japanese paper (wa meaning ‘Japanese’ and shi meaning ‘paper’) that’s great for craft or journaling.
Okay, but washo special about it?
Unlike western paper which is made from tree pulp, washi comes from Japanese shrubs. Typically, it’s made from ganpi, kozo, mistumata or sometimes hemp, but it can be fashioned from almost any plant
No need to wield any sharp scissors, washi tape is easy to tear by hand which makes it a great kid-friendly resource and for the scribblers out there, it’s easy to write on if plain paper is too “done” for you.
It’s durable, it’s waterproof AND heatproof – in case of water-bottle-in-bag leakage, craft-time-wine spillage or if for whatever artistic reason you need to take a hairdryer to your journal (no judgement, you do you). And it will peel off without damage to be used again, giving it great value for money and a tick in the waste-reduction box.
And what do I do with washi?
Washi is great for scrapbooking, either as an embellishment itself or just a more vibrant way to stick down other pieces.
Make sure your present is the prettiest in the pile by using washi to tape down your wrapping paper
Jazz up your journal with bright colours and vibrant patterns using washi tape