Artist Feature: The Community Artists behind our Custom Washi Contest Tape Set

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ANYONE can be an artist.

This was the mission for our Washi Tape Design Contest project.

The original, custom, community-designed set is the perfect way to "try on" a wide variety of art styles and perspectives in your own projects. The designs are all so unique in their own right, but together, they're just the right blend to keep you inspired and on your toes!

The talented artists behind this set are journalers, crafters, and designers from our online washi tape community, who decided to share their creations with the world through washi tape!

In the spirit of community, we asked each artist to share a bit about the inspiration behind their design and their own styles!

Here are their stories.

Purple Flower by Ann

What was the inspiration behind this design?

During the pandemic, I've had time to fill my garden with flowers, and with little or no travel allowed, my garden has been the inspiration for lots of my paintings. I saw this little perfect pansy and was hooked!

What was your process for creating the design?

Practice, practice, practice, and obsessively studying and painting photos I took of my subject pansy until I was happy. It is now part of a larger piece hanging on my wall!

How would you describe your style as an artist?

Still developing! I love taking lessons alongside other amateur artists at my local art shop, Artime, with professional artist Vincent Brown. I paint exclusively in watercolours and love painting nature. I like to experiment adding gold paint to my colours for extra luminosity!

Check out more of Ann's work:

Instagram: @annvicsmith

I post all my art here as and when I paint it. I’ve added lots this year!

 

Snowflakes by Laura

What was the inspiration behind this design?

Honestly? I was just having fun drawing snowflakes, when I saw the competition. I thought I'd use snowflake washi petals, so why not enter and see if anyone else agreed?

What was your process for creating the design?

I am currently loving working with the symmetry feature in Procreate.  When set to radial and rotational you can create some really fun snowflakes. I then worked in layers adding colour, texture and a subtle icy background.

How would you describe your style as an artist?

I'm not sure I have found my style yet... lots of experimentation, learning and evolving. I love colour (but not pink!) and my main medium is paper - I consider myself a papercrafter rather than an artist.

Check out more of Laura's work:

Laura's pages: linktr.ee/beadsbuttonsandbirds

 

House Plants by Meranda

What was the inspiration behind this design?

My inspiration stems a lot from nature! Growing up and living in the country my entire life has given me a creative outlet that allows my imagination to just run wild. I grew up in a house that was always filled with plants. My parents always encouraged my love of art in all of my different (too many🙈) hobbies and crafts.

How would you describe your style as an artist?

I don’t feel as though I have one specific style as an artist. I do tend to migrate towards floral and botanical but I also have a huge love for abstract and modern simplistic designs. One week you may find me doing a loose watercolor piece, and the next week may be a super intricate piece of line art. I am a fabric designer for a couple companies and also do exclusive designs for small shops.

Check out more of Meranda's work:

Instagram: @bluedahliadesign

Etsy: bluedahliashop

I love to encourage others to at least just try their hand at something creative. I feel like everyone has it in them to be an artist of some sort and it’s an amazing form of therapy that can be so helpful for one's well being! 

Fish Moods by Irene

What was the inspiration behind this design?

I started sketching this idea last year around May. The #mermay challenge was all over Instagram and I’ve always loved it, so it was really inspiring to see so many sea related drawings.

What was your process for creating the design?

I always sketch my drawings traditionally and then I make them digital in Photoshop. Usually I paint them with watercolor first to have an idea of the colors I want to use. This time, it was so funny to play with all the expressions that came out with this idea.

How would you describe your style as an artist?

I think my style is constantly changing. Everything around me and things that I learn are a big inspiration for my art. I try to make my drawings cute and colorful (one of my biggest references is Laia Lopez). But in my bullet journal, I think my style changes and it is more minimalistic and a little bit vintage sometimes.

Check out more of Irene's work:

Instagram (art): @moratillart

Instagram (bujo): @bujodelavie

 

Pumpkins of Autumn and Autumn Items by Dietra

What was the inspiration behind this design?

I am in love with the season of Autumn and was inspired to create something that I personally would love in washi tape form.

What was your process for creating the design?

I hand-painted ALL of my designs in watercolor. I then scanned my artwork using my printer to upload it to my digital art app. I then made some little tweaks here and there for optimal quality.

How would you describe your style as an artist?

Realistic but with a vintage style touch. I love the messy but fluid look of watercolor.

Check out more of Dietra's work:

Instagram: @alyssa.journals

Blog: alyssajournaling.blogspot.com (A blog where I share my printable creations every month for free)

Red Bubble Shop: AlyssaJournals.redbubble.com

 

Cat Paws! by Dania

What was the inspiration behind this design?

I work at a cat only shelter and my design was heavily inspired by all the cats I have the pleasure of meeting and working with. Apart from being cute, cats have some of the cutest toe beans! I've seen my fair share of cute paw gummy candies so these were also a part of my inspiration! 

What was your process for creating the design?

Cats come in a wide range of colors, I wanted to represent different colored cats so owners could relate and say, "Hey, those remind me of my cat(s)!". The grey cat paw was inspired by my own cat, Ernie! Just like coat colors and patterns, toe beans also come in different colors! I had the most fun designing the calico paw. 

How would you describe your style as an artist?

I would describe my style as boldly outlined while trying to incorporate as much detail as possible with vibrant colors. I like coloring my linearts to blend in with the art. 

Check out more of Dania's work:

Instagram (mainly pictures of cats from work!): @suntallulah

Twitter (fan art that inspires me): @Suntallulah

Twitter: @BBQDandoodles

Butterfly Wings by Christine

What was the inspiration behind this design?

My inspiration was obviously butterflies, as I think they are so beautiful and striking! I also knew I had to come up with a design that would work together, because I wanted the art to be interactive. The reason I made single wing versions is to allow the user to layer the wings to look 3 dimensional! As an artist myself that uses washi tape in my art I am always looking for stickers and tape that I can use freely in my work, something that is best used in pieces. I'm glad I was able to make this design as it is something that I have been looking for personally!

What was your process for creating the design?

My process was pretty straightforward, I looked up butterfly references and painted the wings to look slightly simplified to let the washi material stand out. I made sure to have some variety, and I'm super happy with how it turned out!

How would you describe your style as an artist?

My style as an artist is very stylized. I love working with shapes and color, and rather than realism I tend to leans towards bodies of work that are based on shape language and strong senses of color! My digital work is very different from my traditional work, and I'm always improving and trying to marry my two disciplines together!

Check out more of Christine's work:

Instagram: @chisorichan

Artstation portfolio: @chisorichan

Cheerful Dragons by Megan

What was the inspiration behind this design?

Dragons have always been a favorite of mine, and they were the main thing I drew when I was a child just getting into drawing. They have always been a feature of my art and something I have been "known for" within my friend/family groups. I really wanted to bring my love for dragons into the design and give them a softer, cuter look that might brighten someone's planner up while giving it a little touch of the fantastical.

What was your process for creating the design?

I did some quick little sketches of some different dragon poses in Procreate, then made a new layer and did cleaner more polished versions with color to get them ready for submission!

How would you describe your style as an artist?

I would say that my style is heavily based on fantasy, and it is a subject that I often lean into. Digitally, I tend to create more painterly or soft images or designs. Traditionally, I often work with watercolor or pens to create more linear and expressive work.

Check out more of Megan's work:

Instagram: @oraclebonesart

Website: www.oraclebonesart.com

Twitter: @oraclebonesart

Fall Friends by Skyler

What was the inspiration behind this design?

Throughout my whole life, I have wanted to open a sticker shop! Although, I never exactly thought of my life as productive enough, and that I just wasn’t up for the challenge. When I think about the future, I believe that hard work now will be very beneficial towards my life after school, and will make me proud. So, I finally decided what I wanted to do; designing! Graphic design has been one of my dream jobs to take part of, so I thought that this fun contest would be absolutely perfect. Thinking about fall, I began designing some of my first designs a few months ago, and I felt so happy with how they turned out. Seasonal designs are just so festive and fun, so this production opportunity was such a fun journey.

What was your process for creating the design?

I always doubt myself when it comes to art, but after pursuing this fun fall friends design, I was excited about the outcome. After seeing loads of wonderful submissions for the contest, I felt like there was no point in trying. This leads to show to never be doubtful of your creative ideas, and just go for it! This is exactly what I was thinking during the process of my artwork.

How would you describe your style as an artist?

As an artist, I describe myself as very free flowing, and open to anything! It is important to be up for any creative project, and just be ready for a challenge. When I journal, design, or paint, I try my best to let my mind flow freely, so I don’t have limitations to being creative!

Check out more of Skyler's work:

Tiktok: @Journal.w.skyy

Instagram: @journal.w.sky

If you would love to see more of my artwork, you can check out both my instagram and tiktok! I love posting creative content that you can get inspired by too!

Dusk and Dawn by Ashley

What was the inspiration behind this design?

I went into creating my design with the intention that it would be something quite simple so it could have more flexibility! I love bullet journaling, and stickers or washi tapes that are more on the minimalist side are always the easiest to incorporate into spreads. And I've always found comfort in nature, whether I'm stargazing, watching a sunset, or driving past fields. Nature and space have that way of resonating within people, which became the inspiration for my design.

How would you describe your style as an artist?

I would definitely say that this simplistic design is very different from my usual maximalist style of art, but I love how it turned out!

Check out more of Ashley's work:

Instagram: @toastyjournals

Flavors of Tea by Mahak

What was the inspiration behind this design?

I am inspired with a lot of pattern and motif. Experimentation with layering and texture.

What was your process for creating the design?

I illustrated the design in affinity designer. I do prefer creating my art manually with little to no technological help.

How would you describe your style as an artist?

I would describe my style as maxamilist. I love to play with colors and patterns.

Check out more of Mahak's work:

Instagram: @makpaperstudio

Swaying Leaves by Kaiting

What was the inspiration behind this design?

I love plants and nature and especially little detail (hence my clay work).

How would you describe your style as an artist?

I love natural, soft pastels with fine detail.

Check out more of Kaiting's work:

Instagram: @oceanandglass

Etsy Shop: Ocean and Glass

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  • Thank you for posting this. I really enjoyed reading about the designs and the artist’s process. I do wish we could also purchase the individual designs as opposed to the whole set :P

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