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Animals in Tape: Tutorial

Supplies Needed:
• Several different kinds of Washi masking tape (or even just regular masking tape)
• Mechanical pencil
• Smooth paper, about 5″x7″ (I use Fabriano Artistico #140 hot press watercolor paper)

Step 1. Lay down five pieces of tape anywhere on the page. Don’t worry at this stage what it will be; just concentrate on moving the shapes around in a way that pleases you.

Step 2a. Add five more pieces of tape, a different pattern this time. Make sure to overlap these new pieces on top of the previous five pieces.

Step 2b. Before moving to Step 3, turn your paper all around and see if an animal emerges naturally at this point. I saw potentials in each of the directions, but decided to pull out the barking-dog-like one on the upper right.

Step 3. Lay down however many pieces of tape you like (in new patterns, if desired) to “fill out” your chosen animal.

Step 4. Add pencil to define eyes and body shape, and for hair, fur, whiskers, etc. I usually go about this step rather slowly, and add more tape if desired.

Step 5. Done!

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This is a simplified version of “Animals in Tape.” A more “mixed-media” version is part of my book, Drawing & Painting Imaginary Animals.

More artwork made in the same way!