Friday, June 14, 2013

Water Color Abstracts


I love how these turned out! Seeing this reminded me of how useful and interesting a masking fluid can be when working with watercolors.
 For the first class of the unit, we tried out water color techniques on practice paper- wet on wet, dry brush, rubbing alcohol, and salt. While everyone worked on their practice paintings, I had two or three artists come to my table to use rubber cement on their good water color paper to create an active line. (I put the rubber cement in squeeze bottles so it would be easy to apply.)
Rubber cement works as a masking fluid, but it must be used carefully, with supervision and good ventilation. At two of my schools, I was able to set up a table right outside the classroom.

The next week, we painted right over the dried rubber cement, remembering to use the techniques learned the week before.

We took a few minutes the following week to rub the rubber cement off to reveal the line of white paper.

Make it a Wonderful Day!


  1. I am looking forward to trying this with my classes - your results are amazing!

  2. Beautiful!
    I hope one day you'll try to learn painting on fabric and make quilt with your pictures

  3. These are gorgeous! I live in Italy and have never seen rubber cement here. Do you have any other ideas of masking agents that could work nicely like this? Thanks! Lisa