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Topic: breaking rules with mediums - big coral creepy tree painting  (Read 848 times)
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« on: March 24, 2009 01:05:56 PM »

So I love masking fluid but also adore working in super saturated acrylics on canvas. So I decided to break the rules and see if I could bring the two together. This is a fairly large painting in my creepy tree series. I first painted out the tree in masking fluid on a primed canvas, making sure to lay it on think and blow out the bubble you get in the fluid sometimes. And then after giving myself a time out and waiting a few hours for it to dry I painted the green fields using watered down acrylics (golden) the trick was to not lay down the paint too thick. Then after the washes dried I quickly pulled up the masking fluid and when to work with the coral red bits using traditional painting techniques. I really like the result as it doesn't have muddy edges ... I was afraid doing traditional wet work with those colors would be a utter loss.

Has anyone else out there done fun non standard things with masking fluid?

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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2009 07:17:34 PM »

Nice! I wouldn't think you'd get such good results using masking fluid on canvas. I never tried masking fluid with acrylics.... it would be worth a try though, since when I paint I frequently use heavily diluted paints, it's more like acrylic broth than paints! however I don't have any masking fluid left, so I'll have to wait.
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2009 09:12:34 PM »

I tried a couple of test canvases and the trick was not to leave it on really long... and to prime the crap out of the canvas... to minimize the texture and such. I had a couple of failures on canvas board before finding a process that worked. And when it fails it is a spectacular failure.
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