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09-26-2005, 12:24 PM
I read somewhere in the Watercolor Channel about using a fine crochet hook to apply masking fluid. I tried it in the subject's hair on this portrait study. I could only find a .9 mm hook, but the WC reference mentioned a #.5 mm hook. I plan to paint it larger - this is in my 10x14 watercolor book, Fabriano Acquarello, 140#, CP. What do y'all think? Use it, try it with a smaller hook, or scratch it all together?? Comments and Critiques much appreciated.
09-26-2005, 12:28 PM
Well done Andrea, really love it. Your hair is fantastic, what a clever idea, your hair looks so real will have to try that crochet hook. Love the blending of the lady's skin, well done.
09-26-2005, 03:06 PM
Andrea, looks as if it worked to me! Well done. :D
09-26-2005, 08:01 PM
really nice work, Andrea
Her right eye seems a tad off to me......
09-26-2005, 09:34 PM
Her hair is awesome. Must try that myself. I have a case of crochet hooks from the smallest to the largest..:D
09-27-2005, 05:00 PM
Thanks so much for your comments Pam, Judy, JJ and Lyn. I'd like to do a larger portrait of this. I also want to try some othr effects on it. I consider this a learning exercise!
09-28-2005, 03:52 PM
I have read too that a good way to apply masking fluid is with a pallette knife. This will create real fine lines for hair. Then when you need something broader try the crochet hooks. I personally use up a rubber tipped paint brush I picked up in a local art store, but I believe Dick Blick also carries a large assortment of them also.
09-28-2005, 05:39 PM
I think this worked great! What a neat idea!
09-28-2005, 08:05 PM
Well, don't we just learn something new every day?!!! Thanks for the tip, Andrea... it certainly works... Your portrait is lovely... the texture in her sweater is excellent... looks just like angora!
09-30-2005, 02:02 PM
great job on this. and thanks for ideas about masking out hair!! always ends up too thick when applied with a brush. Great ideas here!
Awesome job on her face and hair. :clap:
10-17-2005, 06:49 PM
I painted this portrait again in my watercolor sketchpad. Fabriano 140 lb CP, 10"x14". Her skin here seems lighter than she actually is, but I think I like it better than the first one. Comment and critique greatly appreciated.
10-19-2005, 10:50 PM
These both are very good. IMPO I like the hair and the richness of the skin tones in the first one, but the facial features on the 2nd one are super!
10-20-2005, 04:32 PM
Thanks all for your comments on both of these.
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