Using masking tape on a watercolor

24 Feb 2009

Q: I used masking tape to mask out the border of my watercolor painting but it abraded the surface when I tried to remove it. What did I do wrong? Should I have used frisket?

A: Two things may have contributed to your problem with the masking tape sticking: 1) the tape was left on the paper too long; or 2) the wrong kind of tape was used. A good type of tape for this function is the blue tape found in hardware stores for protecting wall trimming and ceilings when painting a room. Frisket would work, but its application would be more involved, and because most brands of frisket is tinted so the artist can see where it’s been applied, leaving the frisket on the paper too long can stain it permanently.

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