View Full Version : WIP with Masa Paper

08-07-2005, 09:21 PM
Hello here is the WIP I promised:
Hope you can pull up a chair and join me as I paint or just pass the popcorn and pretzels and relax.

First thing I did was make a support to glue my paper to. I used two WC pad board ends but you can use WC paper and tape the whole thing to a support of your choice.

after I glued the pad ends together I cut a piece of masa one inch larger then the support. I crumpled the paper and spread it over the support shiny side up. Masa has a rough side and a shiny side the shiny works better for me. spread this out and glue it down woth linin glue (bookmaking glue or elmers. dont worrrie if it is abit puckery it will flatten when it shrinks as you glue this spray it with water to dampen it and add enough glue as you go to make it stick down pretty well. turn the edges over the side of the supports and tape it to the back,
see picture below,

feel free to comment and ask questions

08-07-2005, 09:35 PM
I'm so glad you're doing this WIP Kathy, I'd love to see how you've been doing this incredible work. I'm definitely pulling up a chair-front row!

08-07-2005, 09:50 PM
Thanks Jenny,
I appreciate your vote of confidence , there is more to come in a few minutes,

08-07-2005, 10:17 PM
I let the paper dried i sprinkled some bronze tinted metalic pigment in a few places and sprayed with water again, At this poiint you can move the pigment around the paper or just tilt the board and let it drip about a bit.
I mixed a wash of rose madder and painted in several places top and bottom of the paper. Did the same with colbalt blue. When almost dry i lay a wash of yellow ochre. You will start to see some creases that pick op the paint and make natural texture patterns.
I let this dry.

mr sandbanx
08-07-2005, 10:31 PM
Whoa... slow down Kat!

Ok so where do i get this masa paper?

What is this a painting of?

And what type of paint is "bronze tinted metallic pigment"?

Is this a watercolour paint?

I am gonna like this one fer sure, but talk slow, I am from Bowmanville.

Glad that you are lettiing us have a peek in your kitchen.


08-07-2005, 10:41 PM
My Kitchen hehe Chris you are such a stitch :)
I did show a pic of what the painting is because I let it evolve but it you prefer a post WIP shot I will upload it,
Ok you can buy masa paper (Japanese rice paper) from dick blick or cheap joes the bigger the quanity the better the price. I found some online for about $ 28.00 and the package included about 40 full sheets, The pigment is from pearl ex and comes loose in a small jar, ca be mixed with any watercolor paint or can be mixed with water and painted as is. more soon,

OK by now the masa paper should be lying flat with no puckers and i painted a wash of indian red down and then emerald green, all very light washes, next cobolt blue. This part of the process is fun because I can begin to see some images appearing. Normally I surf thro hundreds of pictures on the net or flip thru all my art books to find inspiration to paint. I see a possible forrest in this current process so i will develop that.


08-07-2005, 11:15 PM
Looking so far Kat, watching..

08-07-2005, 11:16 PM
Looking good so far, Kat :)

mr sandbanx
08-07-2005, 11:21 PM
Ok Kat, thanks for that...

08-07-2005, 11:21 PM
Thanks Jim,
its nice to know you guys are watching
oops I crosposted , welcome Chris,
OK next I develop some shapes and I paint some trees supported by a rock wall. I even saw a TeePee but didnt think I would keep that as I dont recall any teepee ever being perched on a mountain like this.
I folow the natural lines of the creases with teal paint, yello ochre and more rose madder Adding light yellow to show sun light streaming thru the trees. I create the beginnings of a rock wall on the far right


08-08-2005, 12:19 AM
Like how this is coming together.... More please.:)

08-08-2005, 12:23 AM
Thank you Christie here you go:

I continue to develop the painting adding some linear shapes and rocks more trees
using burtsiena amd colbalt plue and mixing gold pigment in the palate to add sheen and light thru out the painting.


08-08-2005, 12:30 AM
It looks a little crooked but it will shape up...
I have done an overall wash of rose madder and added some wet in wet techniques. When this is dry I will add some detail in the top left for my center of interest
I add more metallic paint which is also known as watercolor interference,


08-08-2005, 12:42 AM
I know it doesnt show much change but in the end all those layers make a wonderful texture
I add some smaller rocks and some splattersstill using my limited palatte of madder gold bronze and greens,
I add burnt sienna
to define the trees in places and add more rock texture to the cliffs

mr sandbanx
08-08-2005, 12:44 AM

08-08-2005, 12:47 AM
As I finish this piece I will add some bird and a couple of people more light to the painting...


08-08-2005, 12:50 AM
for the final touches: the people resemble barbie and a ninja but hehe I can change that tomorrow
a few birds to fly above in the sky
and voila, the WIP is complete!!
Hope you enjoyed and please let me know
comments and suggestions please,


08-08-2005, 12:56 AM
Thank you Chris!!!
its good practice doing nthis as I want to start my students on masa paper I think they will have a blast,
would love to see a WIP of one of yours sketch and all included


08-08-2005, 01:38 AM
Kat, I've been lurking. Wow, what a trip. You are FAST, but I totally enjoyed it. Looks like a lot of fun to do. Must be quite an experience to see the shapes develop.

08-08-2005, 03:24 AM
Totally out of my scene, Kat, but I enjoyed your explanation. Well done! :clap:


Brian Barnes
08-08-2005, 03:40 AM
Thanks Kat. I enjoyed that. Great result! :)


08-08-2005, 05:10 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2005/32313-d010.gif Thanks for doin' this!!!! Where's the popcorn?
This is sooo neat, watching you do this :music: :music:


08-08-2005, 05:52 AM

I've tried masa paper a couple of times but still haven't quite gotten the hang of it. Your WIP and explanations might help. For one thing, I've been starting out too dark, I like the way you started light and layered your colors to the rich finish you have.

Well done.


08-08-2005, 09:30 AM
Annapet, Yes it is cool to watch the shapes come out, I am glad you have enjoyed this,
I did the painting yesterday as I have attempter WIPs before and totally missed getting the images i wanted to portray.
Thanks for lurking and for your response,

Doug i can understand that, thank you for looking and commenting even tho its not your cup o Java, appreciate that,

Hey Brian thank you!!! Its a lot of work as you know... good practice tho for future WIPS,

Hey jutta, I passed out popcorn last night whos hogging it all? I will be stale by now tho here is another box... stick it in the microwave and please pass it around!!! :D Thanks I am glad you enjoyed this,

Sylvia, I bombed out with Masa first few times I tried it too,
you have to use a tecnique that works for you. Some recomend you crumple the paper and wet it first. that makes the paper break down too much for me.
So i crumble paste it to the board and then i wet it. I get the texture I want with out overworking it too much,
thanks for looking and for your encouraging response,


08-08-2005, 09:30 AM
Wow Kathy, itís awesome watching this evolve, Iím definitely going to try this as soon as I purchase some Masa Paper.

Chris, check with Curryís in Whitby, the last time I was there I asked for Masa Paper, but they were out of stock and expecting a shipment. Itís been about a month + since Iíve been there, so they should have received their shipment by now.

08-08-2005, 09:50 AM
Thank you Jenny, I am so glad you have enjoyed this. Its finished for now unless you have any suggestions that might improve it.

again I appreciate your input and encouragement,

08-08-2005, 10:20 AM
All I can say is... WOW!!! Kat, your technique really DOES work for you... I'm amazed by the glow and richness of your work... it was such fun to see this come together... I'm giving you my Mentor point for the day!

08-08-2005, 11:08 AM
Well Thank you Charm, That is such a great compliment from you as i feel that your work is a visual mentor for me. Though not something I can paint your work remains a standard for what is most excellent.
Thank you again,


08-08-2005, 11:32 AM
Kat, looking forward to the next.

08-08-2005, 12:24 PM
Thanks Annapet, I think the next will be abstract flowers... been a while sonce i did those and I have never done it on masa paper so hang on to your seats... not a WIP for that one tho,

bye the way if I am permitted to list my aim/instantmessenger name here I have an new one:
masaqn (short for Masa queen)


mr sandbanx
08-08-2005, 01:03 PM
Masaqn is the Inuit god of the skies. He is the one who decides if they will have six months of dark and six months of light... and as far as I know, he always decides the same thing.

Good stuff this.

08-08-2005, 01:48 PM
are you pulling my leg again?

Hmmm should I change it?
I sure do hate wen I hae to go and steal someones screen name er god name :)

I know that the inuit god wasnt a masa queen at any rate

thanks for you kudos!!!

08-08-2005, 04:01 PM
I forgot to post the ninja look alike fix and some details,




08-08-2005, 10:54 PM
First of all Kat..you can never take Chris seriously..I'm sure he is pulling your leg. :D

Second of all..I love this WIP and thanks for doing it! I didn't know you had to glue down the Masa paper first. And I am sure you made it look much easier than it actually is with all of these steps you did. I love the gold part too and the final outcome is wonderful!! The two figures and birdies are a great touch!!! Thanks Katinmasahat! :) :clap: :clap: :clap:

08-08-2005, 10:56 PM
Excellent Kat...

08-08-2005, 11:05 PM
Hi spritey I have done several masa paintings where I didnt glue it but I found you can do more with the paper if its glued
Thanks for coming back to see this appreciate that!!!

Jim I thank you for that high compliment


mr sandbanx
08-09-2005, 12:16 AM
Hey Masaqn in honourker of yer moniker I suggest you paint the northern lights. That would appease her/him ( not sure which she/he is, most likely andromeda like many Inuit deities)

(Now you say: Saright!)

Celeste McCall
08-09-2005, 09:23 AM
Cool demo Kathy. Way to go. I hope that you keep doing some of these. They are truly beautiful.

Lots of clappies and smiles to you. And a point for you. :)

08-09-2005, 09:42 AM
Banxy, you are silly... northern lights hmmm you have a photo of that? I might try it.

if not...Saright :)
I am not painting andromedia doesnt she have like a hundred claws and tenacles hmmm maybe thats medusa

Celeste thank you!!! of course I have my own critique of this but aside from the ninga look alike I wont go into more detail
better to paint new,
thanks again,


08-09-2005, 02:48 PM
Well I have just spent the last few minutes reading this and all I can say is - WOW!! - thank you so much for sharing this WIP - what a great effect - I think some time I will have to look into having a go with this paper.


08-09-2005, 03:28 PM
Celeste I forgot to thank you for that point!!! i didnt even see it earlier
was just so happy you enjoyed this... what does a point do for me anyway?

Pat, you are welcome of course.
Glad you saw this to the finish I appreciate your encouragemet big time,


08-09-2005, 03:33 PM
Kat, I love the finish.

08-09-2005, 03:38 PM
Kat, I love the finish.

Thank YOU!!!!!

so glad you had a chance to enjoy this.


08-09-2005, 05:39 PM

Thanks a lot for doing this WIP. Love this technique. Love how it turned out! I'll have to buy that masa paper....one more thing to add to my list of supplies :-)


08-09-2005, 05:54 PM
WOW!! I am SOOO impressed with this work with Masa Paper. I'm going to get some soon. Can't wait to experiment with it.

Thanks Kathy!! You did GRAND!! :clap: :clap:

08-09-2005, 10:59 PM
Michelle, you are welcome, I emjoyed it. I actually have two more in the works (one small and one larger) but cant decide what to develop it into. Thanks for coming back to look and comment,

Becky... well thanks I am glad I have inspired you... imagine me an inspiration sigh (happy sigh)
I ad appreciate your generous encouragement both of you,


08-10-2005, 12:05 AM
Thought some of you might now recall this or were not members when i did this:
my first masa abstract. This is very small 4x8 length as longest edge



08-15-2005, 12:14 AM
Thanks for sharing that Kathy!! ;)

08-15-2005, 09:37 AM
Becky you are quite Welcome,
I didn know what to do with jpegs then as you can see
that painting is small about 4"x7" lengthwise as longest edge

thanks for looking,