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How to think outside the box when approaching a mixed media art piece

What is mixed media? Where do I find my inspiration? How did all the layers of tape happen?

I stretched a 36×40 canvas and stared at its blank white surface for over a year. I had the vision of an abstracted antique airplane for my son’s room. There was just one problem however, I didn’t know anything about airplanes. I took out some reference books from my local library and dug up some of my husbands’ old airplane books but that wasn’t enough. Researching, learning and building a story is what’s great about the process of art. While doing my research, I was really drawn to the vintage looking green, navy, and copper colors of the old propeller planes. It wasn’t until a visit to a local antique store that I really started to see my vision come to life. When I found some very old LIFE® magazines along with some other older books, I began to read through the stories and text about pilots, aircrafts, war and Americana.
I had the vision of an abstracted antique airplane for my son’s room.

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Top 4 Convention Tapes Every Exhibitor Needs

Are you wondering what your MUST-HAVE tapes are for this convention season? Well lucky for you, you came to the right place. Pro Tapes® has developed a luxurious line of tapes, for any and all types of conventions. There are many Pro Tapes® products that can be of help to make any event look seamless and professional, but these 4 are your absolute essentials!

Here is our industry expert’s suggestion for the Top 4 Convention Tapes Every Exhibitor Needs!

For carpet seaming: Pro® 120

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Crafters Corner: Meet the Artist

How or when did I realize I had a passion for the arts and crafting you ask? I don’t know exactly, it’s just always been a part of my life!

Everyone in my family is pretty “crafty”. We’ve always done crafts together, whether it was a holiday, dying eggs, carving pumpkins, making decorations or just having fun; crafting was something that pretty much was an everyday thing. Continue reading

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What Makes a Specialty Tape So Special?

One can say “Specialty Tapes” are in the eye of the beholder. “Specialty Tapes” are tapes customized to a customer’s specific application. Most of the time “Specialty” means it has been die-cut, or more commonly known as machine cut, to a unique size and shape. Whether the tape needs die-cut, married with another product, or printed on with custom colors, Pro Tapes® has the “Specialty Tape” for you…a one of a kind product! Continue reading

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4 Key Factors to Consider When Determining the Suitability of a Tape Product for the Application

It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice to the tape industry, been entering or processing orders for some time or an experienced veteran selling adhesives for years; there’s always more to learn about the applications in which tape is being used. The Pro Tapes® Solutions Team is here to assist you through the process of selecting the right tape product for your adhesive needs. Time, temperature, conditions and surface are four factors to consider when determining the suitability of a tape product for the application. Continue reading

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5 Books I Recommend to Our Team Here at Pro Tapes®

I’m a strong believer that life is a journey of continuous evolution and growth. In order to avoid stagnation and the boredom that comes with it, I’m always looking for new experiences, new adventures and new lessons to learn. Travel is great but time consuming and expensive. Training seminars are another great way to pick up new skills but they’re not always convenient, especially with a hectic schedule to maintain. Therefore, I find reading (or listening to books) to be one of the best ways to pick up some new ideas, or hone your existing skills. Books are an inexpensive and convenient way to help you improve, grow and cope with the challenges that both life and business throw at you. Here are the five books that I recommend to our team here at Pro Tapes® and the lessons they provide. Continue reading

How To Upgrade Your Thanksgiving Table Setting With a Little Love, Fun and Pro Tapes®!

How to Upgrade Your Thanksgiving Table Setting With a Little Love, Fun and Pro Tapes®!

As of lately more and more people are taking the holidays as an opportunity to show off their creative side and show what they can do artistically with their house decorations, table decor and food presentations. I’m here today to tell you that you don’t have to be the “artsy” one to be able to execute an awesome table display for the holidays, nor do you have to break the bank to get it done either. With the following few items and techniques, decorating your table to the nines for this thanksgiving will be easy, fun and oh-so-affordable! Continue reading

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Pro Gaff® DIY Halloween Candy Bowls

Halloween is creeping up fast! It’s time to get your treats, the house, or even the office Halloween ready! Do you remember those old vintage paper-măché pumpkins? They were made for collecting treats and holding candles as decoration. Using the vintage pumpkins as my inspiration, I decided to create some fun candy dishes in different Halloween creatures. I was inspired by Pro Tapes® to make my own in a unique, different way. As I was looking at my stash of Pro Gaff®, I thought why not use the tape directly? I really wanted to challenge myself and the tape, so I set out to see if it could be done. I realized tape was definitely the better way to go for this project, opposed to the typical way of creating a papier-măché with the messy water, glue, paper and paint, not to mention, the dreaded drying time. Substituting all of that with Pro Gaff® tape was a win! Continue reading

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3 Benefits That Make Pro® EHB Tapes a Game Changer in the Double Coated Tape World

Tape replacing screws? You wouldn’t think it is possible. Advancements in adhesive technology has made it a reality. Pro Tapes® EHB (Extreme High Bond) Tapes offer creative solutions to many fastening challenges.

One example of this early on was in the beverage industry. EHB tape was used to replace screws and rivets in the manufacturing of beer bottle delivery trucks. The beer manufacturers were getting an average of about 12-15% breakage of bottles when delivering the beer because of rattling of the bottles on rough roadways, bumps and everyday driving. Once all the fastening was replaced with the double coated acrylic foam tapes it knocked the breakage down to 1-2% on average Continue reading