The next question that I get is, “How do you do it.” Here is a step-by-step guide to completing a tape art image:
- I first find a picture. There are a few different ways that I do this. The easiest is to search through my photos or my friends’ photos. Facebook makes this relatively easy. There are a few friends that I know that have wonderful photos and I regularly search through them to see if there is anything that calls to me.
- I have Adobe Photoshop Elements because I was too cheap to buy the full version. In Elements the filter is called “cutout” (I believe in Photoshop it is called “posterize”). This helps color block the image that I have chosen and helps me to pick the colors.
- Next I choose the colors and if needed I buy additional tape. The best store for buying duct tape is JoAnns. If I need to buy a more specialized tape, such as the North Carolina Tar Heel Duct Tape, I use tapeplanet.com or Amazon.
- I put the tape on a cutting board. I like using something more flexible, mostly because it makes the tape more manageable. I often have to cut the edges of the tape since it collects a lot of hair and other junk.
- Using a razor blade, I cut a piece to the length needed. After cutting it I stick it to the image.
- After finishing, I seal the image with some type of varnish. I generally prefer to use liquitex or EnviroTex Lite (generally I go to Michaels buy both of these).