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