The Gallery forum: Masking with Contact Paper

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Jun 28, 2012 10:57 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
Sharon asked me about my contact paper mask tecnique.
Here is the scoop;
I use whole sheets of AVERY contact paper (the cheap stuff doesnt work )
I am usually trying to bring shadows and shapes into a painting with out painting them.I already have a few layers of paint down and its dry.
I draw shapes on the sheet and cut them out.I use both positive and negatives so cut carefully.
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The shapes are laid on the painting in the most advantageous places,some on dark areas and some on light areas.
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I use 2 different brushes and clean water.One brush is a cheap pig bristle from HD,The other is a flat 1.2 inch short watercolor brush This gives the cleanest edges.
I proceed to GENTLY scrub at the edges and remove excess water with a paper towel as I work.
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I also paint out areas that dont work using a positive shape and paint

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another positive area using a dark wash
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Be sure to seal the edges of the contact paper or there will be bleeding under.
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I generally wait until the contact and painting dries overnight or for a few hours but for this demo I pealed off the contact to reveal the plant shapes and shadows.
I believe the edges of objects are as interesting as anyother part.
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I sharpened the images and darkened where needed in a photo edit because the lighting in the studio isnt great for camera work.
I believe the painting is done.Its amazing how positive an outcome there was when I made such a error to begin with.
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Jun 28, 2012 6:59 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Thank you so much, now you know I'm going to have to try it.
It's mostly negative painting. Taking care of the negative spaces.

Jun 29, 2012 1:31 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
This only work with watercolor as far as I know.
Sometimes a negative edge can be the beginning of a positive space.
Jun 29, 2012 3:20 AM CST
Name: Sharon
But acrylics can also be used in the same methods as watercolor, the only thing is you can't wet it after drying to change it.

But you can paint into some negatives, filling in empty space which then become shadowy positives, but allowing some original negatives to remain as negatives.

In my mind I can see how it would work. I'll have to try it and see what happens.

Does that make sense at all?
Jun 29, 2012 3:34 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
Its so hare to see in the mind and then write an instruction manuel.
I believe you. I sometomes use the positives as a stencil and spatter over them.I have used stickers from the kids dept and medallions etc.
You ate up early.
Jun 29, 2012 3:48 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Couldn't sleep. Been trying for hours, and not a blink would come.

I'll try again in a few minutes. I think it's the 109 degrees we were in yesterday, knocked me out of kilter or something.

Too dark to paint and my eyes are too tired anyway.

I'll try to get some sleep now, while you create!
Jun 29, 2012 4:03 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
check your mail on ATP
Jun 29, 2012 8:41 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Got it!! LOL!
Jun 29, 2012 8:51 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
The drumstick painting in Pets in Paint isnt finished.I just want to add a few light washes where the greenery is and soft details on the coneflowers.
Jun 29, 2012 9:12 AM CST
Name: Sharon
It works.

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