Once the painting's completed, it's actually totally covered with many bits of masking tape. Then the tape is carefully removed to reveal the painting underneath. I love the surprise element involved in this kind of process, and I never know for sure until the very end if the painting is working or not.
A straight edge razor blade was used to tear and shape many of the the tape pieces for this tape technique painting of an old window in historic New Hope, Pennsylvania.
This April, the Watercolor Society of Indiana is sponsoring a 4 day workshop in Indianapolis, Indiana, where I'll be teaching this unique watercolor process. Check out the side bar for more info or click HERE.
This was a two day painting - two FULL intense days! And it was worth it because this painting took awards, the best being a Gold Medal at an Ohio Watercolor Society juried Show.
This scene, taken from a photo I took years ago at Sauder's Village in northern Ohio, is one I've painted several times, with adaptations each time. Anything with strong contrasts lends itself to being painted with the taping technique.
This old homestead was deserted. With the tape technique, the painting
became more about the feeling of the house than of an accurate rendition of the place.
This is a partially taped painting. The sky and background were painted with pale washes before the taping began, then avoided as the painting progressed. Quite a bit of regular brushwork was done, with the taping being a secondary part of the painting.
This very, very early tape painting was an adventure that didn't work out as well as most of the others. There's a lack of unity in the painting due to the jumble of techniques used. Still, experimenting is a great way to learn - and if there's success, then that's a bonus! The orange reflections on the water were gorgeous, though.
Thanks so much for 'grazing' through this collection of Tape/BATIK LOOK Paintings. One of these days, I'll try to post a taping in progress to show you just strange it looks before the tape's removed. Be sure to checkout the WSI workshop on the sidebar if you're interested in learning hands on how to create watercolors or fluid acrylics with this technique.