Packing Tape Art

Artist Mark Khaisman uses only three tools to accomplish his artistic vision: translucent packing tape, clear acrylic or film panels and light. His unique medium has lead to a stellar new art form known generally as “packing tape art.”

By applying layers of packing tape, Mark’s art plays off the color, shading and embossment highlighted by the tape’s transparent nature. According to Mark, he gets a strange sense of satisfaction from peeling and adding layers of tape together and refers to this as an almost reverse-onion method. For those of you not familiar with it, the onion method/analogy states that all people are made up of layers, just like onions, and the more layers you peel away, the more basic a person becomes. So in a way, Mark enjoys building up the onion – making his art more complex with each additional layer of packing tape.

Shrek, the movie, explains the onion method perfectly! Take a look:

Now that you know a little bit about the artist, try checking out some of Mark’s amazing art!

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