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Monday, June 15, 2009

Masking Demo, watercolor pencil

Here's a quick masking demo I used to keep grass blades white so I could paint swirly ripple patterns around underneath, then remove the mask and paint the leaves. The end result wasn't perfect, but it's passable and with more practice it gets better. This was using my own resource photo, with a frog inserted from another photo I had taken.

Without the mask, I would have had to 1) try to paint the leaves opaquely on top of the ripples, which is very difficult since light over dark in watercolor pencils is usually less than satisfactory for fine details, or 2) try to stop and go with the painted swirls, leaving the grass blades white so I could paint them later. This is not a very good solution since it interrupts the swirl with unfortunate effects, destroying the smooth stroke. Remember to click for a larger image (and so you can read the instructions).

So here are the steps I took:

And finally, the end result.


MaryO said...

Excellent demo. I do love my masque pen!

image masking services said...

Great sharing!! Thanks.

Alex said...

I've seen demos like this on TV and it's so interesting! :) Thanks for sharing

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Thank you for sharing that, Irene, it worked quite well indeed! (And I use my MasquePen a lot, too!)

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