Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Colourless Art Masking Fluid - Watercolor Study

Good morning, friends! I have my cup of Hazelnut coffee to sip and I'm excited to share another study with you. Last weekend I made a painting using Colourless Art Masking Fluid. This is almost like using rubber cement. You use it on your watercolor paper to mask off areas that you don't want any paint to adhere to. I used it to layer color and words on this broadside that I did. It's one of e.e. cummings' poems. One of my favorites.

Above picture is after I did some washes with the masking fluid applied to the areas where the words will go. I first had to wait for the page to dry. Then I rubbed the masking fluid off with my thumb. I tried using a rubber cement eraser, as they suggest, but it didn't work as well as using my thumb & fingers. It peels off quite nicely, though when I got a build-up of watercolor on my skin, it smeared a bit on the white area (top right.)

Above are some close-ups of the page, before I did another few layers and the words. I also scratched the paper using a paper clip, to get the lines you see. The paint makes the lines darker, so you get some added texture.
Above is my finished broadside. I had done more masking, more color washes, and then painted the words of the poem with watercolors. The colors turned out more Easter-like than I had intended, but it's the season, and I just go with the flow! Below are some details up close of the finished broadside.

I hope that you enjoyed learning about this new process! I imagine it would work just as well with acrylics and inks. I haven't tried yet. I am fully immersed in watercolors, and loving every minute of it!

Oh! Tonight is my first glass-blowing class!! I am really excited about learning a new art form! It's been extremely warm here the past few days... Easter was around 70, yesterday got up to 79, and today is supposed to be hotter! So being in a foundry tonight is going to be sweaty, but I'm looking forward to letting the heat soak in... it's been too long since I've been warm on a regular basis! Check out these pictures I took during my walk around the neighborhood. I love using the Instagram app on my iPhone to add filters... so fun!
Pink dogwood

Same dogwood, different angle
I'm going to finish my cup of Hazelnut coffee (it's so yummy!) and read some blogs now. I hope you have a fabulous day. Remember to enjoy each moment you are in. It's a gift. That's why it's called "the present."



Orion Designs said...

I love what you're doing with the watercolors! It seems that it's "freeing" you and allowing you to experiment to your heart's content -- a very healthy thing!

Can't wait to hear about the glass blowing!

Terriaw said...

This is a really cool way to illustrate a favorite poem! I am definitely going to have to try this as a summer project.

I have been using a masking fluid called Frisket in my Illustration class this semester. I love the results I get with it, especially with watercolor, acrylics and pen and ink.

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