LINK UPDATED 7/10/12I feel kind of like the wife who got a drill for Christmas by suggesting this as a gift. But on the other hand . . .
How many times have I snagged thread on untaped canvas? How often am I frustrated because I can’t buy a roll of tape from my LNS or it isn’t open or I can’t get down there and end up using masking tape?
So today’s suggestion for a lovely stocking stuffer is artist’s tape, otherwise known as “That White Tape” to put on the edges of your canvas.
This tape is thicker and more solid than masking tape. Like masking tape it is “low tack” meaning it isn’t very sticky. But unlike masking tape, it won’t stain the canvas, nor will the adhesive flake off.
It comes in many widths (I like 1″ best) and even in colors. You can buy it at art supply stores, like Dick Blick ( here’s the link to their page of them).
To make things really nice, I would add a bone folder, used to crease cards and envelopes, which is available at crafts and scrapbook stores. You use this to rub the tape after you’ve put it on the edges to make it really stick. You can also do this with your fingernail, but the bone folder has such a nice feel.
Always rub the tape so that the canvas mesh shows through, otherwise it pops off. Also store it in a dark place as sunlight degrades the adhesive.
It isn’t expensive, it isn’t sexy, it’s just useful and something I’d love to find in my stocking later this week.