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Mark's Maste Washi Tape Basic Visible Neon Giveaway

Mark's Maste Washi Tape Basic Visible Neon

I love washi tape. Bright, vibrant, fun, washi tape. I use it in, and on, my notebooks, on electrical cords, and on a whole host of random items that you wouldn’t think would be served by washi tape.

I picked up the Basic Visible Neon set by Mark’s in a recent JetPens sponsorship lot, and these colors check all of my boxes. How fun is this group? So fun, that I have a tough time deciding which one to grab out of the stack.

You may have a tough time too if you win this giveaway. I’m giving away one set to one winner, so read the rules below and enter away!

Posted on August 13, 2019 and filed under Mark's, Washi tape, Giveaways.

Mark's Writable Maste Washi Tape Review

Mark's Writable Maste Washi Tape Review

I never thought I needed washi tape. Now I can’t live without it. What is it about these little strips of awesomeness that makes them so great?

My latest discovery is Mark's Writable Maste Washi Tape, which, when I saw it came in a grid pattern, jumped at the chance to get. I had already been a fan of traditional washi tapes for years, so adding another cool one to the collection that I could write on was an easy choice.

Washi Tape

Now let’s be clear about a few things up front. First off, you don’t neeeeeed washi tape. Any regular tape will do for most normal uses, and will likely do a better job at actually sticking things together. Secondly, you can write on many tapes, both standard and of the washi variety, with ballpoint pens, permanent markers, and pencils. And third, they can be expensive, especially when compared to the basics.

So, why washi tape? For the same reason you buy that purple gel ink pen, or that shimmer ink, or that eleventh notebook. They are fun, and allow you to make your stationery personal. What you put on the page is an expression of yourself, and washi tape fits right in with all of it.

Mark's Writable Maste Washi Tape Journal

My main use for washi tape is to embellish my visual journal. I’ve discussed my process before, and adding this writable washi tape to my kit gives me something else fun to play with. Couldn’t I just write on the page itself? Of course! But why not have even more fun with the process than I normally do?

Mark's Writable Maste Washi Tape

Writing on this tape actually works. It is designed to be used with water-based inks, which standard tapes can’t handle. Anything I threw at it - from gel, to roller, to pencil, to fountain, and more - worked. The wettest inks, such as the Schmidt P8127 rollerball refill and the Montblanc JFK fountain pen ink, did take a long time to dry. Over 30 seconds for each in fact, so you don’t want to drag your hand over them immediately or close your notebook until you are sure they are dry.

Mark's Writable Maste Washi Tape Sample

Despite that, I was still impressed with how well this tape performed. I could write on it with ease, and pull and it restick as needed, just like any other washi tape.

One of the best parts of the stationery hobby is discovering fun and interesting ways to use the products I have. Sure, I’d get by with a basic pen and notebook just fine, but this is way more fun, and it is way more me. And I plan on experimenting and discovering for the rest of my life.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Mark's Writable Maste Washi
Posted on December 31, 2018 and filed under Mark's, Washi tape.

BGM Washi Tapes Review

BGM Washi Tape

(Sarah Read is an author, editor, yarn artist, and pen/paper/ink addict. You can find more about her at her website and on Twitter.)

Some beautiful new designs of BGM washi tape recently landed at JetPens. I've always found washi tape to be fun, but this is the first time I'd have described it as "irresistible". The new seasons-inspired watercolor-effect patterns totally swept me off my feet, and the next thing I knew, there was a bag of tape in my mailbox.

Washi tape does, of course, have a very practical, utilitarian purpose--to highlight, underline, compartmentalize, or label planner pages and such. A lot of what's available reflect this purpose with plain colors or patterns to indicate certain tasks or hobbies. Some are just cute and fun and brighten up an otherwise mundane to-do list.

BGM Washi Tapes

These new seasonal tapes take that purpose to another level. The delicate watercolor designs evoke moods and look more like art than an office supply. The ethereal inkblot-style designs would look amazing on pages that are used for watercolor illustrations or liquid ink tests. There's something soothing about the designs, too. A softness that doesn't just draw the eye, but helps it relax a little. It might add a little Zen to a hectic week.

The tape isn't just gorgeous, though, it performs well functionally, too. The adhesive is strong but resilient. It stays stuck where you put it but peels up easily and re-sticks without any fuss. I did have a little trouble with tearing when I was unraveling one of them, where the tape started to split lengthwise. I think that was more my error than a fault in the tape, though, as it hasn't happened again. It is delicate tape, so make sure you unspool it slowly.

BGM Washi Tape Notebook

The tape looks lovely on either light or dark paper, but the subtlety of the illustrations looks a little better on lighter paper. The background is quite sheer, and any grid or lines on the paper will be visible through the tape. The tape is thinner than many I've used before--like a very fine crepe paper that won't weigh down pages.

The tapes vary in price depending on the width and design. The narrower ones are a little over $3 and the wider tapes are around $4.50. That puts them right in line with the cost of other tapes.

I'm very thrilled with these tapes, overall. My primary use for them is labeling notebooks. I like to be able to tell at a glance which notebook I'm reaching for, and quickly orient myself to what's the top-front of the book. Since I tend to enjoy the paper in notebooks that have minimal branding or labels, a bit of lovely washi is very useful for pointing me in the right direction. And I've never seen any washi more lovely than this. My favorite is the jellyfish. I have to remind myself that if I put jellyfish on everything, it will defeat the labeling purpose of the tape. But it is oh, so tempting.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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BGM Washi Tape package
Posted on March 8, 2018 and filed under BGM, Washi tape.