In my quest for effective masking, I decided to try out contact paper (adhesive shelf liner) to see how well it worked. I was really shocked at how easy it was to use and how clean the surface was when it was lifted. I had some experience with Frisket film but it’s quite pricey and when I used it with watercolor it wasn’t always a clean lift.
The first experiment was the shape of a cat cut out of contact paper and adhered to a ceramic tile. Here’s the video:
The cat was cut out of Duck brand “Peel & Stick Vinyl Covering” contact paper, pressed to the ceramic tile, background was poured and the contact paper was removed. I’ll probably paint in the cat later but at this point the idea was to see how effective the contact paper was.
The next question was: “How does it work on Yupo Paper?” And the answer is – wonderfully.
Here’s a painting of a large moon on Yupo. I traced the bottom of a cup onto the contact paper, placed the moon on the sheet and poured a background.
Then the moon was lifted and painted with a small brush and lots of blending solution to look smooth.
The silhouette of the tree was added last.