IF Kids Project :: Masking Watercolors

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Watercolors are a flexible medium.  One technique to create layers is to mask areas of the paper prior to adding a wash
of color.

You will need:

  • watercolor paper
  • flat watercolor brush (size 2-4)
  • watercolors
  • painter’s or masking tape
  • non-stick scissors

Let’s create!

masking watercolor


For this sample I used painter’s tape which for some reason I have in abundance around my home.  You could also use
masking tape.  I don’t recommend regular tape as it is difficult to remove.  For the star, I cut two triangles and then overlapped them.masking watercolors 2

Add several washes of watercolor.  As I was going for a night sky theme, I chose blues and purples.

Allow your paper to dry thoroughly.  If you are anxious to see the results, use a hair dryer or heat gun to speed up the drying process.  Once dry, remove the tape and proceed with the rest of your painting!

Show us what you created!   We would love to see them!  Head over to the IF Kids Facebook page or my Facebook page to share them!

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Thomas James

Thomas James

Thomas James is an Illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. You can see his portfolio at thomasjamesillustration.com.
Thomas James

Posted by Thomas James on 04/17/13 under IF Kids


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