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Art Therapy is Heart Therapy ~ TwinkleToes2day (aka mo)

Thursday, November 05, 2015

New Art Play

Hi Everyone

Yesterday, I had a play-date with my acrylic paints,
and taking instruction and inspiration from Betty Franks Krause of Mystic Tulip Art  and Robert Burridge I created my first ever, two pears.

Pear number one I did on scrap copy paper, just to see if I could actually paint a pear without wasting any of my good paper or card. 
And being quite happy with the result, I set about pear number two.
This time I used watercolour paper, and although not so colourful as the first, I do like this one too.
Do you use masking tape around the edges of your paper to hold it down and/or to make a white border? What make do you use? Does it catch on the paper and tear it? Does it let paint underneath?
I used blue masking tape that I was told is low tack; however, it did stick at one spot and ripped a skim off the paper. It also let a couple spots of paint under, (top right side and bottom left side), but after a couple of people suggested gesso and a small brush, I soon covered them up. 

Well I am quite happy with my foray into acrylic painting and shall try it again. In the meantime I am going to try pears in watercolours.
Have you tried something new recently?

Until next time
Take Care
Be Happy
{{Hugs}} Mo :o)) x


  1. I think both of your pears are beautiful and I would never have noticed the "oopsies" had you not pointed them out!

  2. Love your pears, I eat one nearly every day. I use the cheapest masking tape for edges, and it works very well. Have a fun day, hugs, Valerie

  3. Both pears are truly lovely, Mo. I was quite impressed and of course, I could see how much fun you had painting these. Since I can't draw or sketch, I can at least appreciate the beauty of your work. I really like the shading and the depth you created.

    I use GREEN low tack tape. I have both blue and green, and I've found the green doesn't lift quite as much as the blue does. Even though it's hard for me, I press the tape very firmly to the substrate before I begin painting. Seems there will always be a tiny bit of seepage or paint removal in the end. However it's far less when I use the green tape.

  4. Wow, wow, wow Mo, both pears are just amazing, I love them both - lots! Brilliant work! I do use low tack tape too but I always tap it on my trousers first to take off some of the 'stick' and it seems to work OK but I only use it to tape stencils down - I am not a proper artist like you!! Hugs, Anne xx

    1. You made me laugh out loud saying, " I am not a proper artist like you!!"
      You take basic elements and turn them into these incredible creations! You are one of the most amazing artists I know!
      Thank you for the tape tip; someone else suggested that too, so I will definitely try it next time.
      Huge hugs, back to you! xox

  5. Phew... it's taken me some time to get to you Mo, but I'm here at last. Firstly, I must say how fantastic your new header looks. I love it.
    As for the little foray with the acrylics... well the results are great so a foray certainly works for you.
    I use a masking tape that I've had for years and years. It's a beige colour and has a fabric feel to it. I can't tell you what its called because it's from my silk painting days back in Brunei.
    But even though I've got the tape, I rarely use it. It's not until I'm in the process of painting and the paper starts to warp that I remember.

    1. Hi Denise
      I'm so glad you like the header; I was quite chuffed with the result, so decided to use it there.
      I chuckled about you rarely using your masking tape; I'm a bit anal about my paper warping so I'm always looking for ways to stop it.
      Do you still do any silk painting? I bet it dried quickly in Brunei.
      A couple folk have suggested tapping the tape onto my clothes before using it, as that will remove more tack. Worth a try.
      It's getting late here, I hope I've not disturbed you.

  6. Great job Mo. Your pears look great. I have yet to find any masking tape that doesn't stick at some time or other. I never tape my paper down for that reason.

    1. Hi Carol
      Thank you. I'm glad you like the pears. I must say, I do too, ;) lol
      A couple folk have suggested tapping the tape onto my clothes before using it, as that will remove more tack. Worth a try huh.
      Doesn't the warping paper drive you nuts? It does me, lol

  7. Both are fabulous Mo! Well done you! Anytime I'm using tape on paper I always stick it to my pant leg or shirt first, sounds crazy but it works. Have a great one! x

  8. These are both great. I like the second one best, that's probably because you used better paper. I like the blocking effect in the background, very clever.
    Yes masking tape is a bit of a b....r, if you do the pants trick above, it is easy to peel off, but then maybe the paint gets under it. I'm sure there is an answer somewhere.
    Have I done anything new recently, paintwise? Er, no, but I will soon!


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