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One simple trick to upgrade your paintings on paperI won’t keep you in suspense; the ‘trick’ is using tape to mask off the edges of your paper before you begin. Not rocket science, but it makes a huge difference to the look of your work.

Gotta love it when things are both simple and easy.

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The reason for this is fourfold:It holds the paper steady handy when you paint fast and sometimes quite violently ;) Peeling off the tape is one of the most satisfying things EVERA crisp white border shows off your work beautifully and effortlesslyMounting and framing is easier because it won’t cut off any of the paintingWhen I’m working on larger sheets of paper, I tape them to my drawing board so I can work upright at the easel 11 Jul 2016 - I've always loved using masking tape when I paint on paper. It makes a huge difference, and means I get to do more peeling. ;) {It's possible .

And even if I don’t do that, they still look good!What type of tape is best?Masking tape varies widely. Regular masking tape tends to be very strong, and will peel off the top layer or actually tear the paper when you go to remove it, which is why choosing the low tack variety is important.

On the other hand, I’ve bought tape that’s so low tack it doesn’t actually stick to the paper or hold it down, so there’s a level of trial and error here!Tip! If that does happen, you can use a little gel medium or PVA to seal it back down; it’s barely noticeable. Here are three tape options:Currently I’m using this green tape from Jacksons; it has just the right amount of stickiness, and as long as I’m careful it doesn’t tear off the top layer of the paper.

I’ve heard of people using washi tape too, which I imagine would be great since it’s designed to be peel-able, although you’d want probably want to buy the wider kind since the standard size is quite narrow 21 Jul 2010 - When choosing art supplies for kids, don't forget the paper! Paper for children can be anything from a sketchbook or a stack of colored .

Another option I’ve heard recommended is Removable Magic Tape; I have yet to try it but it looks good!Another thing I ‘discovered’ recently, and I’ve no idea why it didn’t occur to me sooner, is taping off the pages in my sketchbook.

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I also sometimes use this technique to make cards, as it keeps things crisp and clean.

Here’s the card I made for my dad for Fathers’ Day this year: Do you use tape for your art? If so, what make do you like best? What other little tricks do you like to use to upgrade the look of your paintings? Please do share in the comments! Nela Dunato on July 11, 2016 at 1:24 pm I was thinking about this just the other day, since I saw a watercolor artist use masking tape inside the sketchbook, and I was curious to try that out, but keep forgetting to take it on my beach adventures. I use regular painter’s tape because Croatia, poorly stocked art stores boo.

I run it over my shirt a few times to make it less Tara on July 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm Hi Nela – that idea of running it over your clothes is so clever! Love these little things we can do to make things easier! Painter’s tape can be just as good – it’s all down to trial and error Gail on July 12, 2016 at 3:26 pm I also use the taping off technique for my watercolors. And really enjoy the satisfaction of peeling it off at the end to test and see if I think my piece is finished Wouldn’t it be great to have a manufacturer make a sketch book with the edges taped and ready !Reply Tara on July 12, 2016 at 3:28 pm Ha, yes it would! Mine are sometimes a bit wonky…Reply Ksenia on July 12, 2016 at 6:28 pm This trick allows you to achieve a finished product type.

And, yes, there is exciting feeling when I remove the edges and can say : Wow it is so beautifulReply Tara on July 12, 2016 at 7:15 pm Linda on July 13, 2016 at 9:21 pm I find that I can mark a very fast and extremely accurate edge on my paper 8 Jun 2018 - Encompassing a diverse range of media — from drawing and painting to collage and beyond — works on paper can offer a glimpse into the .

Hold a pencil an inch or so from the point and then run your thumbnail down the edge.

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Going to try some of your suggestions Tara on July 13, 2016 at 9:28 pm Oh I like that idea Linda! For me, I like to be able to paint over the tape as I work fast and messy most of the time; I think it would affect my ease of mark making to have to stop at a drawn edge, but that’s a great alternative for people who don’t really love the tape. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing that!Reply Lynne Porter on July 17, 2016 at 8:18 am I love your colour schemes. Did you have a source material for these artworks as I often wonder how to get this loose style?Reply Tara on July 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm Thank you Lynne! They just evolved; I don’t usually choose the palette beforehand, except when I alight on one I really love, and even that tends to be quite fluid.

In terms of references, I occasionally use a landscape with a composition I like as a jumping off point, but never stick to it. I know that’s vague! I suggest looking for images you find strong or exciting compositionally, and using them as your starting point, but allowing the paintings to go where they want fairly quickly. When I started doing this I was more or less copying them, but over time they’ve grown into something more instinctive and Louise on July 18, 2016 at 2:46 pm Thanks Tara! Such a simple trick but what a big impact.

I used to tape my work when I first started painting and then I stopped for no good reason other than laziness I suppose.

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Cheers!❤️🇨🇦Reply Joanne on May 29, 2017 at 9:23 am I read that if the tape is too sticky, lightly tape it to your pants first then rip it off, then tape it to your paper…not so sticky.

Great idea, I tried it and it works Tara on May 29, 2017 at 10:28 am Excellent idea! Love a practical fix 18 Mar 2018 - Paper is particularly good for small to medium-sized paintings or studies and can also be used for larger paintings when a suitable .

:)ReplyKate Sederquist on June 19, 2017 at 4:45 am I am an artist/educator and I always try to tape the edges of the paper for elementary kids. I have the students cut a smaller cardboard template to make a border with a pencil.

needs this Shirley Parker-Creasy on June 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm I use a hairdryer when I pull tape off paper 8 Jan 2018 - The most basic supplies (brush, acrylic paint and paper) can be used in a variety of ways. These are some accessible techniques for applying .

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When I use this technique it doesn’t really matter what type of masking tape I Tara on June 19, 2017 at 2:37 pm That sounds like a brilliant tip, thanks Shirley!Reply Maureen Zannini on August 23, 2017 at 12:07 am Do you find the color of the tape causes a color distraction with the painting? I use a large mat cut into two L shape pieces. This makes an adjustable frame when placed over the Tara on August 23, 2017 at 9:28 am That’s a great question! It can be distracting, especially as the painting progresses, but I guess I’m also used to it by now! I use pieces of card or a mount mat too, I just find that the tape holds it in place while actually georganne muse on May 22, 2018 at 5:50 am I have used the blue painters tape on heavier watercolor paper that worked well.

I also have used the wide blue tape which I carefully rip down the middle long ways to achieve a deckle edge. I love that look with Tara on May 22, 2018 at 12:21 pm Oooh love that idea of tearing the tape for an intentionally deckled edge! Nice.

:)ReplyCynthia on June 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm Hi Tara, For my acrylics on paper, I use 300 lb. I then use blue painters tape (or masking tape) to create a 1-inch border and tape it to a workboard.

I brush on a second coat of gesso onto the paper AND over the painters tape to seal the inside edge.

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See this recommendation from Golden: https:// /technicalinfo hardedgeReply Tara on June 16, 2018 at 3:12 pm What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing that here chammi kaiser on July 27, 2018 at 1:54 pm Tara, just reading this and want to share how I use masking to frame everything in my sketchbook and of course paintings on paper.

I take a strip of the tape and stick it to working apron or jeans or whatever textile is available You can frame under glass to display your paintings on paper. I painted a series of watercolor that are all the same size so I can switch the framing if needed..

I then pull it off and voila the tape is perfect for use and does not pull off any of the Submit a Comment