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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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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

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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4 Reasons You Need to Add Pro Gaff® To Your Back To School List

Being prepared for school isn’t only about having the best supplies, but it’s about utilizing those supplies to remain organized, focused, and to help students achieve great things. Pro Gaff® can do just that, in more ways than just one.

Pro Gaff® is great for back to school for these 4 reasons:

  1. Twenty amazing bold colors to choose from! Coordinate with your school colors and/or design for the holidays and change out with each season!
  2. Repositionable, perfect for any surface. Trusted not to leave that sticky residue or marks behind.
  3. Rips easily both vertically and horizontally! No scissors! Clean and straight tears every time.
  4. Write directly on it without smears so you can get right to labeling and organizing all your things.

Pro Gaff® is writable, no smearing here! Decorate or label as needed! Customize & organize your locker to fit your unique style, and needs.

Students and even parents can use Pro Gaff® to keep organized and designate certain sections of a locker, or a wall to certain notes. One section can be a calendar, the other exam dates, the other game day. You get the picture, the list is totally customizable! The best part is, not only does Pro Gaff® come in 20 different colors, so you can take the customization to a whole new level…but you can also write on it and it removes completely clean. So no damaged lockers or walls. Also, to add some extra storage you can affix a container with UGlu® to the locker door, to keep things neat and tidy, and easily accessible when in a rush. Now if that isn’t impressive, I don’t know what is.

Use UGlu® to affix a container to your locker for extra storage.

Another way to utilize Pro Gaff® now that school is back in session… is to use it to practice reading and writing. I have this chalkboard that has been passed down a few generations now, so it’s super important to me to use a product I trust. Pro Gaff® is a reliable source. If you need a tape you can depend on and a surface you care a lot about I will have to introduce you to Pro Gaff® tape. It’s strong, holds up, it’s repositionable… yes! Repositionable!!! You can lift and move it till your heart’s content. And guess what? It will never leave you with that sticky weird goo or regret. Leave it there for a day, a month, whatever, there’s never any need to worry, you’ll get the same results.

This manuscript line I created with Pro Gaff®. My daughter will be practicing her writing, thanks to a quick application of Pro Gaff® to this old chalkboard.

This manuscript line I created with Pro Gaff® is just one quick example of how to be a Pro® yourself (pun intended) and master your skills this year, whatever they are. My daughter will be practicing her writing, thanks to a quick application of Pro Gaff® to this old chalkboard.

Pro Gaff® tape is so easy to rip! It rips straight and crisp every single time! I could even rip it lengthwise (as seen in the dash lines) with ease. Seriously get yourself some now! This is a must-have for at home, at school, in the garage or in the car! Pro Tapes® stocks Pro Gaff® in a variety of sizes and colors to! Grab Pro® Pocket Gaff our pocket size offering to keep in your bag or in your car for use on the go! How will you use Pro Gaff® in your home, office or school today?

Pro® Pocket Gaff shown in in three fluorescent colors - fl yellow, fl orange, fl blue.

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Decorating your own Camping Tent: Where fun meets function

Who doesn’t love smores and good camp out with some old school shadow puppets?

To get the kids prepared for their first real campout away from home, I decided we would of course turn it into a fun art experience right in our backyard. The tent was super fun to decorate and we added a lot of safety hacks using Pro Tapes® tape products I thought were worth sharing.

Materials Used

Materials used for this project includes various Pro Gaff® and Pro Glow Gaff® products.

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