The seemingly endless varieties of delicious pattern-y goodness are springing up everywhere.
Everywhere, except my local craft stores, and therefore, my art supply stash.
I know I could just hop online and with a few clicks have a box of washi-heaven delivered straight to my door. I've been to all the websites. It's not that a single roll is so expensive. If I stumbled upon one in the aisle of Michael's I'd snatch it right up. It's that in the face of hundreds of of delicious flavors, I can't decide. Each pattern is better than the next, and before I know it I've got $100 (plus shipping) in the virtual shopping cart and I log off without buying anything. So I've been washi-less.
Then I found THIS great link from Julie K in Taiwan on how to make your own. You KNOW I had to try it for myself.
I found this roll of paper first aid tape at the local supermarket for less than $4 (no shipping!)
I tore off some strips and stuck it to waxed paper and colored on them with watercolor crayons.
I blended the crayon with water
I created patterns using a variety of stamps and ink pads and paint.
Here's a few journal pages using my new tape:
It's a cute, fun, fix while I ponder my choices on the real deal. For less than the cost of a single roll, I can have as many patterns as my imagination, stamp collection and doodling skill allows.