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watercolor | untitled no. 14

New work from the ongoing watercolor series.
With one particular painting, I was briefly tempted to tape the sides for precisely straight lines.  I decided against it; that type of precision is too hard edged for my purposes.

6 comments:

Michele Fraichard said...

i'd have probably reached for the tape (still got that 'draw inside the lines' pre-disposition), but it's more interesting this way...yummy palette + i like the bleeding on the left.

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

Michele,
I have a bit of that in me also. But one of the missions with this series is to let the watercolor do its thing, within certain perimeters - control but not too much. I like the subtle bleeding on the left, too. I never know for sure whether or not the paint will do that. I'm fairly certain humidity is a big factor. I get a bit anxious if it starts to bleed, so I watch it like a hawk!

plasticanimal said...

This is my favorite of the watercolors so far. Rich earthy colors and I'm such a sucker for the wonderful textures that watercolors make.

I like the bit of bleeding too, it adds a neat element to the painting. And Michele is right, it probably would have bled if you used tape. I liked rubber cement for my masking.

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

plasticanimal,
Thank you! I've heard of using rubber cement for masking....that may be an easier alternative.
I think you're right about the tape. Also there's the risk of it sticking to the previously painted section(s).

Michele Fraichard said...

Have you tried gum arabic? I use it for masking on watercolors, just paint on and then rub off when everything's dry.

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

Michele,
I haven't tried gum arabic but will consider it for masking the borders; it may be easier and more economical than artist's tape, what I current use. (I still prefer to freehand the color field edges.)