I think most of us, at one time or another, have seen some amazing HGTV show where a little painter’s tape and some oops paint has transformed a lackluster wall into an amazing pattern of stripes. And, if you’ve ever tried such a thing on anything other than a smooth-as-glass surface, you might see those shows and scream in your mind, “Lies! where is all the seeping! Where are the muddy edges!?” That is because, tape works by laying over things. And I have often tried to use it to make a straight edge on bumpy surfaces, to find that when it lays over it allows the paint to seep under. This produces icky results.
So, when I had the opportunity to try out FrogTape Textured Surface, I was pretty much set on proving it useless. I mean, how can just-another-tape be any better at laying over things? It wasn’t until the package came in the mail that I realized, this tape has a secret weapon- it comes with a sealant that is used along the edge of the tape to keep paint from seeping and create sharp lines. So, I threw caution into the wind, and grabbed a scuffed vase that I’ve wanted to paint for years, and went at it!
What You Need:
- White Vase
- Green Paint
- Painter’s Tape (If using a textured vase like mine, try Frog Tape® Textured Surface!)
How To Make It:
- Wash the vase to make sure the paint will stick nicely.
- Lay the tape, leaving tall triangle shapes on the bottom to become trees. This is where I was concerned. Do you see how the tape lays over the ridges on the vase? See the gaping that occurs? I just know paint is going to get in there!
- Use the Frog Tape® Textured Surface Sealing bottle to seal the edges of the tape.
- Paint the triangle area with your favorite Green. I started with a pearl green, and then sprayed the bottom edge with a nice green spray glitter! ♥
- Remove the tape. Look at this clean edge, you can see where the sealant crept into those gaps and sealed them, so the paint was kept out!
All in all I think the Frog Tape® Textured Surface is pretty cool. I could see using it for painting a textured wall, or maybe aged wood.
I did have a couple of issues with the pain’t “tearing” as I pulled up the tape. I can’t tell if maybe the sealer sealed it too well and it pulled up with the tape, or maybe we just put the paint on too heavy. Also, the instructions say to clean out the sealant brush as soon as you are finished. They aren’t kidding! That sealer is sticky, and dries fast!
So, do you have any bumpy surfaces that you’re hoping to paint? How about crafts that might be made better with sharp lines? If you make any, be sure to tag them #texturedsurface so I can see them on Pinterest! ♥
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