Sandra Apperloo
Illustration, Mixed Media, My Illustrative experiments

Illustrative Experiments: Washi Tape

Eek! I’m sharing my own art on the blog today! And I don’t even usually make art!

Actually, that’s exactly why I decided to do this. I’ve been enjoying and sharing other people’s work for so long but never seem to find the time to get my own hands busy. I’m a very impatient person. When I try to make something out of something, the point where I give up just comes too quickly. That is frustrating, because all the beauty I come across while sharing art inspires me deeply and I do enjoy working with my hands a lot.

So: I’ve come up with a personal project that will make me spend time at my crafting table a whole lot more, for a whole year. Every month I will pick a new material (paper, paint, fabric and everything in between) which I will use to make illustrations with. For a year, every last day of the month I will share my creations on the blog. My goal is to get more comfortable with making things while exploring different materials I can use. And If you’re eager to make more yourself, I hope my project will inspire you to do so.

First month: Washi Tape

The Mapping Memories project by Speckled Canary & Omyage inspired me to start off my first month with Japanese washi tape, which comes in many beautiful colors and patterns. Mapping Memories is open for everyone to join and make an illustration of their favorite memory. I signed up and ordered a whole bunch of tape to get started with. I guess you could say the works I made this month are a preparation for the Mapping Memories illustration which I will be making next.

I could have made a lot more and I have dozens of things that feel unfinished in these illustrations. But, most important: I had an amazing time making them. I loved drawing the shapes, combining colors & patterns and found myself working on them till the early morning hours several times.

I created everyday items and portraits which I cut from drawings and then covered with washi tape. The everyday items were a lot of fun to do. I just made anything that came in my mind without working towards a final illustration.


Sandra Apperloo

Sandra Apperloo

Sandra Apperloo


The portraits were more challenging because I limited myself to brown, red & pink tape. I drew models from fashion magazines and slowly cut up the drawings to cover them with tape. I call them ladies in red 🙂

Sandra Apperloo

Sandra Apperloo

Sandra Apperloo

Sandra Apperloo

Sandra Apperloo

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  • Reply Analee September 30, 2015 at 8:52 pm


    • Reply Sandra September 30, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you Analee!

  • Reply Shira Damon September 30, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Sexy crafty, just the way it should be.

    • Reply Sandra October 1, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks! And I agree, both of those are important!

  • Reply Katrina Sophia September 30, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I love them!! It is really nice to see your work on here 🙂

    Katrina Sophia

    • Reply Sandra October 1, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      Thank you Katrina! Really happy you like them 🙂

  • Reply Klaske October 1, 2015 at 6:02 am

    I think I want to see more! Sell me one?

    • Reply Sandra October 1, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Aaaaw, you can have one for free 🙂 Which one do you like the most?

  • Reply Lindi October 1, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Really lovely work, the pattern choices on your ladies are so great. Looking forward to seeing more!

    • Reply Sandra October 1, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you, that’s a wonderful compliment! I cant’t wait to get started on the rest either.

  • Reply Aafke October 1, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Awesome Sandra! It seems like your own work definitely deserved some attention too! Beautiful!

    • Reply Sandra October 1, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Thank you Aafke! You made me blush 🙂

  • Reply Renske October 2, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Way to go Sandra! I’m impressed! Very nice!

    • Reply Sandra October 2, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you Renske! 🙂 🙂 Happy you like it!

  • Reply Maria October 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I love this! Looked at Washi tape just yesterday wondering how I could use it in my mixed media etc. Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply Sandra October 21, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you Maria! Hope you have as much fun with the washi tape as I did!

  • Reply geraldine johnston October 14, 2015 at 3:31 am

    I love these all so much! Awesome creativity <3

    • Reply Sandra October 21, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Thank you Geraldine! Appreciate it!

  • Reply Susy October 19, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Love, love, love the ladies Sandra!

    • Reply Sandra October 21, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      🙂 Thank you Susy! I was so much fun to make them..

  • Reply Carmen March 7, 2016 at 7:34 am

    You know what – I think you should spend MORE time at your craft table – you are a natural at both embroidery and these! I adore them, especially the ladies in red. I love the one sitting on a stool – she looks engrossed in a good book! Like Klaske said – you should sell them or prints/postcards of them. I’d buy one!

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