Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Paintings Using Frisket

Hi Everyone!
I know I haven't painted in awhile...We all know that sometimes life just gets in the way, but I'm hoping that I will be more diligent in posting.
On an Art Group List that I'm on... Frisket .... was brought up and several were unfamiliar with the term.
Frisket is a rubber cement type of product that is mainly used with watercolor painting. The artist uses this to paint on the watercolor paper (or what ever surface being used) in areas that they want to remain white. Once it dries, the artist can then paint "washes" over their surface without fear of losing the white spaces under the frisket.
In my painting "The Lighthouse"(designed my artist Maureen Wallace ), I used frisket on the fence area and on the birds. After painting the forest, sky and rocks...I then gently rubbed the frisket off of my watercolor paper. Underneath, the paper was untouched by color. On the fence, I then went back and painted a little grey in and around the fence to look like shading. On the birds, I went back and put in shadows under the wings of the gulls flying in the sky and added a few shadows and color of the gulls on the rocks. I also made the waves in the water with it.

Here, I used frisket on these caladium leaves (designed by Cynthia Massey Parsons). We used it to keep the white color in the striping of the leaves. this one was a lot of fun and meant so much to me, as I used caladiums to decorate the church at our wedding. It was all we could find to bring in the pink, green and white colors along with green ferns and white petunias.(A long story for another time :o)

I also used it on this painting of the Holiday Poinsettia (again designed by Cynthia Massey Parsons). After removing the frisket here, I added some lighter washes in some of the white areas to push them back a little in the painting.

I hope this informations will help someone in the understanding of using the wonderful frisket product. Without it, keeping the white space in the painting is harder to control.
Have a Great Day!


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