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Kelley

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on: October 24, 2010, 04:29:00 AM
I watched the video Dennis made for water colour and it gave me an idea.  Is there a way to do masking or protect one area of canvas from oil paint for a later colour?  I would imagine so, but I don't know how yet.  For example, my hand isn't as steady as I would like to make very fine, detailed straight lines for an building or horizon.
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Reply #1 on: October 24, 2010, 07:20:31 AM
there isn't anything really for fine lines as the paint itself is thicker so even just finding the mask would be a mission, but for bigger areas I use masking tape all the time - could paint without my masking tape close at hand


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Reply #2 on: October 25, 2010, 03:36:13 AM
Using masking tape was my second thought, but I was hoping there was something more precise.  Thank you Nolan.
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Reply #3 on: October 25, 2010, 04:35:01 AM
Kelley what I also sometimes use is the clear cover you use for covering school books. It is basically a roll of transparent plastic sticker which you stick onto the canvas (with you drawing already complete). You then use a craft knife to carefully cut around the outlines of the objects you want to mask off. With an accent on careful not to cut through the canvas.  :o


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Reply #4 on: October 26, 2010, 05:51:11 AM
Ah, clever!  I would say very creative, but you already know that  ::)
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Reply #5 on: October 26, 2010, 07:27:23 AM
HI Kelley. If you want to paint long thin lines in a painting then do what I show my pupils. Even today one of my pupils used this technique for rigging on a yacht she is painting. The background colour HAS to be dry to do this so you might want to do this in stages.

Lay a strip of masking tape along the line to be painted. Then very carefully lay another piece along side it leaving the width between the two the exact size you want it to be. Then carefully, with a small brush, paint only the length of the gap (DON'T paint sideways over the tape as you might push paint underneath the tap and cause it become very raggedy). When you have finished carefully pull the tape upwards and not sideways. If done properly then you should have the very thin line you wanted.

I think I will do a very short demo video tomorrow to show you how. Then I will post it here when it is ready.
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Reply #6 on: October 27, 2010, 02:38:12 PM
 :heeha: Splendid idea Dennis! :clap: Amazing how simple things in life such as masking tape can solve things we struggle to make right.
Kelley