Friday, October 18, 2013

It's a Xyron Party!

I was playing around with some Xyron products the other day (yep, they sent them to me, how great is that) and I inadvertently fell in love.



Ahem.
Seriously, I didn't expect to, I was like, uh, so it's tape......and adhesive dots.....what's the big deal. I like tape, mind you, I tend to collect a lot of different kinds. This is a double sided tape and I expected it would be like a multitude of others I have tried through the years. Uh.....not so!

See that ribbon, above? It's not a ribbon - that is TAPE! This tape tears by hand, you don't need scissors. It is a very thin tape and has a nice look. And it is S-T-I-C-K-Y. In a good way, not in an out of control omg somebody get this off my hand way. Yes, it is High Tack, but reasonably so.
I used it with pigments and powders, Primary Elements Artist Pigments by LuminArte. They are really gorgeous colors and I sprinkled a little bit of powder on a deli sheet and used one side of the tape to pick it up. When you peel the back side of the tape off, you can do it carefully and the tape will easily stay in a straight line. I was playing (of course!) and pulled it off really quickly and the tape is so thin it corkscrewed up into a completely cool shape which I then taped to my art. Once it is down on the art, you can then manipulate the tape with your finger into shapes. I am not kidding! It is really cool. And since its tape, it, well, sticks.
Another use for the tape - this is in my new book, Stencil Girl, you can make your own painted tapes. Just stencil and paint whatever you want, deli sheets are great for this, then stick the tape on the BACK side of the painted area. Use a paper cutter to carefully cut the tape out and when you are ready to use it, just peel off the backing paper. Easy! You still need to buy the book though. Just sayin'
Anyway, back to Xyron.
The Adhesive dots also were great with the powders. I dipped them into the powder and then used tweezers to peel the dot off its backing and place it on my art. They hold their shape nicely. Very fun I have to say. I bet you could make a pile of them or organize them into different configurations.
Cause you know I never met a circle I didn't like. I imagine an entire piece of art with little adhesive dots on it, but perhaps that's just me......

And finally, here is my final piece. Party on!

24 comments:

  1. Amazing. I loved your project on the StencilGirl Talk blog page, but reading your description and techniques blows me away. S-O C-O-O-O-O-O-O-L!!!!!!
    <3 J

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  2. This is so wonderful and whimsical, Mary Beth!
    I absolutely LOVE IT!! Thanks for sharing your inspiring process and painting!

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  3. I love the colors, the feel, it reminds me of a party dress. Great inspiration here. Thanks MB!

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  4. Terrific creation.
    I've used both tapes,
    but not in these ways.
    So I'll have to try it.
    Carla from Utah

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  5. The thought of making my own decorated tape with freezer paper is just too delish.

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  6. Clever use of the tape! I would have never thought of it!

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  7. Oh My This is wonderful! I need to experiment some more!

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  8. really creative and I think I want to go paint a dot! LOL. cool

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  9. This makes me happy. If I start making tape, my husband will have to drag me out of my studio. But, I'll take that chance. LOL.

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  10. Love this. Can't believe that is tapes and dots. Love the colors too.

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  11. Mary Beth-mad props for the inventive use of Xyron and Stencil Girl products! INSPIRING! so much fun creating with you Stencil girls all week long!!!

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  12. WOW! Never thought to use double-sided tape to make ribbons!!! What a great idea! I often find myself without the right color ribbon to use on a project but this solves problem! I also love the dots idea! Will be trying this for myself! Thanks or the great ideas and I love the colors that you used on your beautiful book! TFS!

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  13. Mary Beth, I just got my book today.. am so looking forward to spending some time soaking up the inspiration!

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  14. I love how you used the pigments and the Xyron dots!! They are beautiful!

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  15. WOW - this is DELIGHTFUL - LOVE the colours, fun patterns and REALLY COOL tape-work!!!
    THANK YOU for the inspiration :)

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  16. OK_--All I can say is 'WOW'!!!!!!

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  17. Very pretty colors.
    Looks ready for a girl's birthday party!!

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  18. Amazing! Thanks for explaining the tape technique you just discovered LOL!! I would love to win some tape to play with!

    Carmen L

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  19. This is soo cool ! I can't wait to read your book !

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  20. Wow, what a neat discovery! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. LOVE the review and LOVED what you did with it! Sorry this is a little late but thank you SO much for swapping and hopping with us over at Xyron! :)

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