Tape Art: Mixed Media Art

Some of the most fascinating "tacky ideas" we have seen include using our decorative tape in creating art. We will be featuring various artists and crafters who use tape in their creations. Submissions are welcome.

Kelly's Tape Addiction
Journal Entry Decorated With Pink Twig Tape
(Photo by Kelly Kilmer)
Kelly Kilmer, a mixed media artist and instructor for over 13 years and an avid connoisseur of decorative tape, has a simple way of defining her mixed media experience: “Art done from the heart using a variety of mediums and materials.” The form allows artists to stretch their imaginations and create collages, altered or handmade books, greeting cards, etc. Most of Kelly’s mixed media art is done in journal format and she describes her style as "always evolving."

Journal Entry with Flower Tape
(photo by Kelly Kilmer)
Kelly loves working with tape and its "inspirational color, texture and imagery." She likes to experiment and push the boundaries of the different materials and techniques she uses. Among many others, she teaches a course called Addicted to Tape at venues all over the United States. She also offers online mixed media art courses available around the world and around the clock.

Although decorative packing tape is not acid-free like most traditional scrapbooking and layering adhesives, Kelly puts priority on acting on her inspiration. "I don't worry about how archival things are (or aren't),” she says."I love the different looks that I can achieve layering tape on top of each other, on top of papers, etc."

Journal Page with Lyra Craft Envelope Wrap Tape
(photo by Kelly Kilmer)
Some of Kelly’s influences over the years include Corita Kent, Barron Storey, Dan Eldon, Shereen LaPlantz, as well as old films and animation and her students. Kelly began her affair with this art form when she tried to learn how to bind her own books. She is self-taught and she mostly finds inspiration in her husband and son by trying to see the world through their eyes.

To learn more about Kelly Kilmer and for a schedule for her upcoming lectures visit her Mixed Media Art blog.

Till Next Time Stick With Us,

The TapeSwell Team


  1. Kelly's work never ceases to amaze me. Her art journals are such a huge inspiration.

  2. Thank you, TapeSwell, for the shout out! I LOVE your tape-both using it in my own work and with my students!!! Huge thanks again!

  3. Just another tape obsessed devotee that got addicted to tape via Kelly Kilmer, though I still love her just the same. My fave tapeswell is the kraft paper squares with the flourished box. LOVE! Although I can't live without metal repair tape and black gaffer tape either...

  4. I recently blogged about Kelly's influence in spreading the virtues of tape. She is good for our inspiration but bad for our wallets!

  5. Love Kelly's work and her use of tape...she has turned me on to tape and TapeSwell!

  6. always awesome inspiration from kelly and her talents with tape...AND she linked me to tapeswell and created another tape monster in me...gorgeous decorative tapeswell tape makes zines & journaling & book altering easier and more effective by enhancing collage...love love love kelly ANd tapeswell!! ;)

  7. I have adored Kelly and her unique vision for quite some time...she's the best. I am just getting into my tape addiction, thanks to her.
    Peace & Love,

  8. I love Kelly's classes and her art. I too have become addicted to tape through all of her journal work. She's a great instructor and friend.

  9. Hi, my name is Raine and I'm a tape-aholic! Kelly finally got to me... ;-)