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« on: April 15, 2009 12:01:44 AM »

Okay kids, for leaving me all those wonderful and inspiring comments, I give you:

Watercolor Stencil Portraiting - The Tutorial!

Bear with me, it's almost midnight and I am exhausted, and I leave for vacation tomorrow. And I've never done a tutorial before. Hahaha.

Okay. So. Here we go.

1. Take a photo you have lying around. This can be one of the thousands you have lying around your computer of all your friends from years and years back, or any other picture you want.

2. I use photoshop for this step, it's probably possible to do it in other programs, but I have to admit, I'm not sure how. Usually they're all generally like this though.

2a. Open your image.
2b. Desaturate your image. (In Photoshop, this is done by clicking Image > Adjustments > Desaturate) This makes your image black and white.
2c. Adjust the brightness and contrast. (Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast) You want the Contrast at 100% and then you can adjust the Brightness to whatever you think looks best.

3. Print out your image.

4. Place your image on a lightbox (you can use a window if you don't have a lightbox :]) and tape it down, along with a piece of watercolor paper ontop of it. Like so:

5. Take out your masking fluid! I use Winsor & Newton Brand.

6. Using a crappy brush (this stuff will NEVER come off, no matter how hard you try), paint the masking fluid onto the watercolor paper, covering all of the area that is white in the image below.

7. After you have painted everything you want to paint that will remain white throughout the process, go take a walk. Get a coffee. Make a cake. It takes a while for the masking fluid to dry, and you want to make sure it is COMPLETELY dry before you continue.

8. Making sure the masking fluid is dry, (it will be a little tacky, just as long as it isnt goopy or wet) tape your watercolor paper onto a flat surface. Tape down all the edges and make sure your paper is flat - this will help with wrinkling after you apply the paint.

I didn't do a very good job. And I switched to a painting I had already started to save time. Sorry if that's confusing!

9. PAINT! Go crazy, I never have a plan before going into these things; I just do whatever I feel like.

10. Once you've finished your painting, go take another walk. Sometimes it takes a while for these things to dry and you, once again, need the paint to be COMPLETELY DRY before you continue onto the next step.

11. THIS STEP IS THE MOST FUN. Making sure your paint is completely dry, take an eraser and GENTLY rub at the edge of one of the parts of the masking fluid. It should begin to come away from the paper. Once it does, grab it with your fingers and pull! Continue this until all of the masking fluid is removed.

12. Remove your tape and there you have it! A masterpiece!

Alright, I hope that was helpful to everyone! If you have questions I'd be happy to answer them, but I'll be away from a computer until Monday, so I'm sorry if I can't answer them right away :]

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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2009 12:21:01 AM »

I didn't do a very good job. And I switched to a painting I had already started to save time. Sorry if that's confusing!

Haha, I began to question your tutorial when I came to this picture.
This is very neat, I'll have to try this once I'm finished exams. Thanks for the tutorial! Very well written Smiley
(What on earth is masking fluid, by the way? Does it have other uses?)

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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2009 12:25:42 AM »

aw that's neat! i'll have to try this! thanks for the tut Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2009 12:51:45 AM »

I must say, your paintings are amazing!

I'm taking a beginners watercolour evening class, and we learnt to use masking fluid only yesterday (for making white areas such as glares on glass and foam on wawes etc), and I thought it was OK, but now that I've seen this, I've just GOT to buy a pot of that stuff

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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2009 12:59:46 AM »

I love my masking fluid, but I never would have thought of using it like this!

It's icky stuff that goes off after a while, but it is so useful  Smiley

Great tute, thanks  Smiley
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2009 01:10:07 AM »

Thank you so much for that tutorial, I've had a bottle of masking fluid lying round for ages - I know what me and the kids are doing this afternoon.
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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2009 01:13:44 AM »

Thanks for the tut. I've been painting for a while but never actually used the masking fluid I've got, now I've seen how you've used it I'm so going to have to give it a go Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2009 01:43:43 AM »

Thankyou for the tut!!
Can you use something else beside masking paint?
Like removable tape?

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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2009 02:47:33 AM »

Gorgeous!  Great work!

For those folks who asked if you can use something other than masking fluid, you could try rubber cement, but it is harder to control and a royal pain in the rear end in general - just go with the masking fluid for your best results (I'm an art teacher, and have done something fairly similar, but not nearly as detailed with my students)
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2009 04:37:38 AM »

Cool!  Thanks for the tutorial! I'll have to show it to my teenage daughter (loves art) and my 5 year old son (who just used up a set of watercolors last night that he got on Sunday). 

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