WIP – Update #4 -and so it slowly goes

26 Feb

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Although seemingly forever,this painting is gaining ground.  Once I had completed the main floral and jar area, I “studied” the background for a while.  I was a bit nervous to just start painting because once you paint around the petal, there is often a paint edge.  This concerns me only because the area is so large – this is a full sheet painting!

So, I remember reading about a product a few months back. I was curious enough o order it ArtMask – adhesive backed masking film. The product says it will not release  and say on your painting, won’t wrinkle, bleed or flutter, great for watercolors.

Ooooh… nervously I bit the bullet. I traced around the jar and flowers with a permanent archival pen.  Used an Xacto knife and a quilting cutting board to trim it off and voila – the shape of my painting.

Tenderly and carefully I took the Art mask and gently placed it on the painting… what the?  Lifted it tenderly placed it again. Darn and darn. Apparently it sticks to itself and permanently!  Darn -no separating this. Had to cut another piece.  Placing it so tenderly on the painting –  it was, well…  “off”.  I believe it stretches out when you cut it. Read the product information Helen – it says maximum stretch for irregularly shaped surfaces – maybe that explains it.

Note to self – use smaller sections!

Once placed you are supposed to put a fine line of liquid frisket over the edges.  This takes time -and leaves a white edge you have to deal with.

If you look closely at the paintings, the flowers and vase look a bit on the dull side – that is because of the masking film.  I applied two coast of under painting allowing each one to dry completely before applying the other.  Then I easily removed the film.  Retouched the edges and began to complete the background.

Soon this WIP will be a painting complete.

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