Thursday, September 4, 2014

Watercolour mosaics

As you know I have been dabbling in what I like to call watercolour mosaics. By that I mean painting as if the painting was made up of little tiles. However I could not find the right approach yet. Even though I liked making these paintings they were still not quite what I had in mind. Someone suggested that might be because there was no space between the tiles I painted and she was right of course.

So now I have found the perfect little helper for that. It's called a masking fluid marker. Of course I knew of the existence of masking fluid, but only the kind you apply with a brush and that just didn't seem precise enough, so I never used it (I don't even own any). But when I came across these markers by Molotow I knew that they were meant for me, so I bought two, experimented a little and then I was ready for the big test: some real watercolour mosaics. Here's how that turned out: 

You can see the markers here above the book. They write in blue and work just like any ordinary paint marker.

I am very pleased with the result. You simply draw the lines with the markers. I use templates and a ruler to get my lines so straight by the way. Then you colour the shapes in and afterwards you can remove the masking fluid by rubbing it off. I suggest using a kneadable eraser for that, it saves a lot of mess. The marker I have comes in 2 and 4 milimeter width. They do take a little patience to use especially with a ruler and such, because you are basically applying a kind of rubber that sticks to everything and regularly have to wipe both the ruler and the tip to keep the work clean, but it's a small price to pay for having such a precise masking tool.

Here are the pages a bit closer up:







As always these were done in the Fodder Book, which is a big Moleskine watercolour sketchbook.

I will definitely be making more of these now that I finally have the means to do them as I intended! Hope you like them too and hope I've given you a little tip for an art supply that might come in really handy if you need to mask off precise lines.

Have a wonderful and artsy day all!

10 comments:

  1. Lovely - I would love my kitchen floor to be tiled just like your more complex design ;-)

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    1. Ha, you're welcome to use the design, but just don't expect me to lay the tiles! ;-)

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  2. So beautiful! Love them! (And your patience is inspiring!)

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    1. Thank you Lynn. Actually the masking fluid makes it a little easier than with pencil lines because they resist the paint so you don't have to be as precise.

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  3. That is amazing! I need one of those!

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    1. They are indeed fabulous. Hope you find some.

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  4. I love this and all of your other pattern doodles. They are so inspiring and make me want to try them!

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    1. Thanks Dianna. I hope you do try them, they are much fun!

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  5. Oh, ze zijn gaaf!
    Je mozaieken, maar ook die pennen!
    Die gaan op mijn wensenlijstje ;-)

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    1. Ze zijn zeker de moeite waard Bernardine! ;-)

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