Month: March 2016

Progress Report: Sea Glass


No tape was harmed in the process!

When painting clean-edged chunks of color, a common practice is to use tape to block off areas.  When using tape you should also seal the tape edge with a transparent mat medium gel so that paint won’t seep underneath the tape.  If you care about the cleanliness of the line though, you will still have to go in with a fine brush to clean up the edges.

Many years ago I was looking through the window at a Romero Britto gallery in Miami Beach and I noticed long thick tracks of black paint which is an indicator that the artist used tape.  I found it to be a real turnoff -sort of like discovering how a magic trick works.  

I never wanted to blow the illusion, so I rarely use tape and if I do, I make sure it’s not discernible.