Sunday, August 7, 2016


Self-adhesive clear plastic can save big, solid areas of wet-media paper. Buy low-tack, see-through shelf liner from the kitchen department--many stores carry it with their other contact papers. I used Frisket Film because I had some on hand.
FIRST, I painted with watercolors on smooth watercolor paper. I worked with lighter colors and left plenty of white! Then I let that dry.
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Here the Frisket Film hasn't been stuck down yet.
Remember, you can preserve large white or light areas that are dry. Save the background pieces of contact paper (the ones you aren’t using for this artwork), perhaps even applying them to a different support!
Then you can paint, pour, and spatter to your heart’s content! An old toothbrush is great for the latter.

ART TIP: Paint might seep under the edges of a contact paper mask, so seal the edges better by rubbing them with the bowl of a spoon. The word for that is burnishing. You can also run a fine line of rubber cement or masking fluid along the edges. I didn’t use that precaution, alas, and you can see where seepage occurred!

Remove the contact paper when the painting is dry. (Save the peeled-off stuff for another use if you wish.) Now add any finishing touches you desire.
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Sharpies and more paint added some definition and accents.

For anyone reading this who’s more into collage, I’m hoping you’ll be inspired to save portions of a mixed media work this way! It’s a joy to try a technique you haven’t done or haven’t used in awhile.Use a previous artwork that seemed to be lacking something, and apply contact paper shapes, then sponge with dryish paint around some of the edges. Like an easy form of airbrush! You can even use a sponge roller, and more than once, with different colors here and there. Why not take it even further and selectively sponge over a stencil?


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