Sunday, October 11, 2009

Cheraw Painting Update

The insets are finished! Now I have the challenge of protecting them and completing the 16 x 20 painting. I must admit, it's been a while since I worked this large in watercolors - not to mention Arches HP paper. If you hear a scream, it just me :)

I usually use 'extra tack' frisket film by Grafix for masking large areas. However, the last time I used it, there was some leakage due to poor contact on cold press paper. I'm sure I'd get good adhesion on the hot press paper, but.... once burned, twice shy or something like that :)

I did see a great masking tip on Sarah Wimperis' blog Muddy Red Shoes. She cuts her masking film a tad smaller than the area to be covered and then uses liquid masking fluid to both finish the edge and totally adhere the edge of the frisket.

I didn't see the point of using the expensive extra tack frisket for this so used a role of low tack.

Here it is in place....

Time to go paint :)


  1. I'll also use scotch tape to mask larger areas. You just have to make sure that it's pressed down all the way to prevent leakage.

  2. Thanks for the tip, Chris. I'll have to experiment :)

    You have a very well designed website and blog- not to mention wonderful paintings! I left a comment on your wordless Monday post (I'm still trying to digest all the good info). Don't know if it went thru or not.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Good luck! I've never used any masking materials though there are times that I've wondered, after the fact, if maybe I should have.

    Good to see a big ambitious watercolor. I'm sure you'll learn a lot from the experience, and hopefully be pleased with the end result as well!

  4. Thanks, Ken. It's coming along and I haven't screamed yet :)

  5. It's looking fantabulous so far, Pam, and thanks for sharing the process.