It seems I have New York on my mind… Not surprising since I’ll be visiting the city for the first time in a couple of weeks ! But my first stop is to Canada and I take my flight to Montreal from Charles de Gaulle airport (Paris) in a couple of hours. Whilst waiting for my flat, I’m hung out at my brother’s flat in Le Marais. Randomly looking for something to do, I walked into his bedroom and suddenly knew why I popped that masking tape in my suitcase at the last minute ! A beautiful white wall was begging me to tape it up… and not long after, a New York skyline is what it became !
To do this New York skyline masking tape wall design, all I did was put up a picture of a NYC skyline silhouette on Google Images and reproduced it, building by building, onto the wall with tape and scissors… There’s not much more to it ! I didn’t feel the need to prepare the wall before hand but if you’re a little nervous you could always dot some chalk here and there to create a guideline. I started off in the middle of the design, then worked towards the left and then towards the right. This meant I didn’t end up doing half the design and finding myself with no space left. It helped me get things into proportion. For each building, I cut out short lengths of matte silver masking tape and created the shapes by sticking each layer over the last, creating right angles, slants and crescendo shapes where needed to reflect the true look of Manhattan’s buildings. Basically the corners or each skyscraper are just two ends of tape layered over the top of each other, creating a nice sharp edge. Sometimes I overlapped them extra long and then cut out the layered tape, to make an upside down V on the top of the Chrysler building for instance. The whole design took up just one regular size roll of tape – exactly that in fact, the very last piece of tape was the Empire State building’s antenna ! Phew !
Skylines are definitely a good design to start off with if you would like to decorate a wall with masking tape. Try it out in your flat if you are renting a place to live – the masking tape shouldn’t take away the paint when you decide to take down your design so its a perfect compromise for a personalised temporary home ! You could also leave a trace next time you go to a friends house – I think my lil bro’ will be pretty pleased with his new wall when he gets home <3
Masking tape available @ Paper Chase
See you tomorrow from Canada !