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Old 08-31-2003, 07:05 PM
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A perfect circle...

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Get a compass with interachangeable points on both ends, and an X-Acto knife adapter.

Using pencil, make an 'X' where the center of the circle will be.

Put a wad of masking tape, or a bit of kneaded eraser, over the center of the circle. This will protect the surface from being 'poked' by the needle point of the compass, when the circle is drawn.

Remove the 'wad', and cover the entire circle with frisket (not liquid frisket[/i]).

Change to the 'X-Acto' arm on the compass, put the 'wad' back on the center of the circle, and cut the circle.

Remove the center of the circle, burnish the frisket down carefully, and paint using quick strokes, so no paint 'bleeds' under the frisket.

This works best with acrylic paint (watercolour will soak into most surfaces, and bleed under, even if the frisket it burnished down well).

Of course, I prefer using an airbrush...

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I just start in the center and work my way out, stepping back often to check for symmetry. I do that when I paint a moon or something like that. I can get a hard edge that way if I want one. I think it looks just great, but people who view it might be ready to burst my little (not so round) bubble.

Of course, I realize that one may not want to take chances when trying for the rigidity of a geometric look. Now that sounds goofy. It's late and I'm sleepy.
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I learned the methods described by McBoing from my freshman 2-D Design class. There, I also learned to love using compasses (especially with the pen attachment!).

However, it never occurred to me to protect the paper from holes. I just accepted that it was a part of it, I guess. I'll have to try out Keith's technique sometime.
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Old 09-01-2003, 09:15 AM
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you are looking for circle guides...(the actual name for the stencil) art stores also sell french curves which makes a nice smooth wave. You might also try (if you needed a bigger circle) tracing around a large glass.
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Keith's suggestion [for using frisket] is a really good one.

Another instrument for cutting circles without a compass is a device called a "Circle Scissors" made by EK Success. It is a circular device with holes all over it at different increments. The outside ring stays in place while the inside turns on its center. No need to protect the center since it just sits on the surface of your frisket. It comes with a swivel knife that fits in the holes.

You would just lay down your frisket, place the circle cutter on it and find the right diameter hole. A quick cut in a circular motion and you have a circle cut.

I am a tool junkie. I just love to collect new "devices" for this kind of stuff.

Just another suggestion.

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I use a drafting tool. A compass.. designed for drawing circles & elipses. "Helix" makes a very good inexpensive model available at most office supply stores.
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Old 09-10-2003, 04:11 AM
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Stencils are the way to go for me and there's two ways to prevent leaking:
1. Use very thick paint, but only a very small amount and apply with a stencil brush. Tap the brush vertically on the surface. This is only good for a rigid support.
2. Spray your stencil with mount spray and "glue" it temporarily down on the support. Then paint over the edge of the stencil with clear glaze to seal the edge. After drying you can paint with colour as sloppy as you want. This also works with masking tape which is notorious for leaking when curved.
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Old 09-10-2003, 12:41 PM
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Good to go...

Naah--

--I'll stick with frisket, a sharp X-Acto blade, and a burnisher...

...steady hands.

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Thanks everybody!!! Wonderful bunch of suggestions .. and I'll try many of them ... see which works best for me.

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Hi Dee

I have used a compass with the pen attachment for acrylics. The pen is adjustable so you can't 'paint' a thick or thin outline for your circle and then fill it in.

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Won't rubber cement work to mask off parts you don't want to paint on? You have to put it on thick enough so that there aren't any break-through areas. When everything's dry, peel it off.
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