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Reply #15 on: January 27, 2018, 10:48:08 PM
Mea/Val.  The masking fluid was all in little dots and isolated wiggles. I tried using a rubber cement pickup, but it just didn't do the job. A lot of the dots had to be individually removed by inserting a finger nail under them. I'd forgotten about the masking tape trick, but I suspect it wouldn't have been able to get a grip on the tiny dots. The finger is recovering nicely,  :thankyou:, but I've just knicked another one trying to manoeuvre a stubborn piece out of a frame that is about to be recycled,  :2funny:. The dangers of being a cheap skate artist!


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Reply #16 on: January 28, 2018, 03:00:18 PM
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Reply #17 on: January 29, 2018, 12:27:57 AM
My fingers are always copping some minor injury or the other. I hate wearing gloves especially in stinking hot weather like right now! The problem isn't usually the size of the hole but the blood which  s-p-r-e-a-d-s and marks everything for an amazing length of time... (does not enhance a watercolour painting!) I'm quite adept at keeping one finger elevated out of the way, but it confuses my typing!  :2funny: :2funny:


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Reply #18 on: January 29, 2018, 02:00:09 AM
Today's initial practice was one-stroke leaves. Utter disaster.

Then I tried a hydrangea in oil on masonite. Am very pleased with it. Used mostly all phthalo turqoise and white for the petals.

Am quite please with it.  May try more on small stretched canvases - some more close up.


Suggestions??  (I have quite a few, but will give you first crack at it.)

aloha

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Can't help you with this, but there be something that's fun to experiment with.

Paint your flowers on a small glazed white tile from a hardware store.  I did that once of a golfer in the tee box on a tree lined hole on a golf course.  It was an interesting result.  It had the dabs, blotches and the rest which gave it depth and character.  The lack of refinement, I thought was enhancing.
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Reply #19 on: January 29, 2018, 02:02:20 AM
Mea/Val.  The masking fluid was all in little dots and isolated wiggles. I tried using a rubber cement pickup, but it just didn't do the job. A lot of the dots had to be individually removed by inserting a finger nail under them. I'd forgotten about the masking tape trick, but I suspect it wouldn't have been able to get a grip on the tiny dots. The finger is recovering nicely,  :thankyou:, but I've just knicked another one trying to manoeuvre a stubborn piece out of a frame that is about to be recycled,  :2funny:. The dangers of being a cheap skate artist!

Nah.  It's being frugal.  Putting something in an experienced frame can bring more overall character to a work.
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Reply #20 on: January 29, 2018, 02:29:21 AM
This is true Stoney, but I have to economize somewhere until I manage to sell a few more paintings! However WHEN i become an established artist I swear I will never cut another mat or recycle another frame again. ;)


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Reply #21 on: January 29, 2018, 03:37:47 AM
Nothing wrong with re-cycling Linley seeing out art supplies in Australia are so expensive.
On Saturday I finally went to buy some paint retarder from Eckerley's Art Store for my acrylics due to all this hot weather we are having.
Next to the shop was a Vinnie's Opt shop and in the window was a very large canvas with a photo abstract print on it  :uglystupid2:  To my surprise it only cost me $4 as it was on special (ie it was in the shop too long :2funny:)
So i thought i could take it home and paint it with gesso and one day put my own  :painting: on it  :yippee:
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Reply #22 on: January 29, 2018, 06:18:03 AM
Wow, Stoney, what a great idea to use the small white glazed tile as a canvas.

I will pick up a few and give it a try.

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Reply #23 on: January 30, 2018, 05:08:13 PM
This is true Stoney, but I have to economize somewhere until I manage to sell a few more paintings! However WHEN i become an established artist I swear I will never cut another mat or recycle another frame again. ;)

(chuckling)  Then you can afford to have someone else do it.

When a couple of my works are in a student art so, I put a price on them.  'Fantail' is one of in a show for another week.  The second one is a larger (framed and matted acrylic).  'Flamedancer' is a bird of paradise plant who's color reminded me of a roaring campfire.  So, I enhanced that aspect.  The roots reminded me of a Dancer's Legs, so I enhanced that aspect.

Some years ago I put 'Flamedancer' in the county fair under the 'Other' category.  The Judge disqualified it.  S/he saw it as a Bird-of-Paradise and didn't have the imagination to see that it certain aspects were modified and enhanced. (Guess I should have expected, even here, some people lack imagination)  So it goes.

Haven't tried to sell any of mine.
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Reply #24 on: January 30, 2018, 05:13:30 PM
Wow, Stoney, what a great idea to use the small white glazed tile as a canvas.

I will pick up a few and give it a try.

aloha

mea

I didn't sand the tiles or do anything to them.  Guess I could have used Ammonia to wipe them down.

Whatever you do; don't mix your paint with Walnut Oil or some other item like that.  It took some six months to dry to the touch.  :eek:  That was done via brush.  Didn't come out well.

Straight paint might have been six weeks, don't recall and that was put on with a palette knife.

If I do another one, I'll add that Lucas #5 to the paint so it dries in a few days.

It was 'play time'.

Guess you could use color tile when you want an 'automatic background'.
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