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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.

Lynn Quinn
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!

ArtsyMom x3
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.