A few days ago was my first visit to a Hobby Lobby here in Las Vegas in search of furniture knobs. I’ve never been to a HL store before, we only have Michaels in my county in California so it was fun to check it out. As I browsed I got the urge to get creative – my daughter loves to paint so we found ourselves in the aisle with all the art supplies…
Watercolor art is de rigueur and admittedly I’m a fan of its use in textiles and prints. I had an idea to create frameable quotes in white lettering with a watercolor brushstroke background so we picked up some brushes, papers, and paints and I experimented with two separate methods.
At first I wondered if I could achieve the look I was going for with a bleach pen but I never ended up trying it out because I found two alternatives to get the look: liquid frisket and a basic white acrylic paint marker.
What is liquid frisket you might ask? I had no idea myself until I read the label, but it’s a peel away masking fluid that retains white areas and prevents paint from adhering to paper. Cool! I thought of my one year old nephew and a favorite book, so I used the frisket to freehand a popular quote from a children’s book.
Once dry I applied a few layers of watercolor brush strokes over the top…
Liquid frisket peels up off paper like that sticky stuff you find on the back of gift cards…. Make sure to peel it up within an hour or two or it will tend to grab the paper behind it in places, but if you peel it up within 30 minutes of drying it comes off cleanly.
Maybe it’s me but the sensory feeling of peeling off goo to reveal lettering is fun!
We made this one for my daughter’s friends, it’s a fun way to use casual painted script in combination with watercolor to form a child’s name or a favorite short saying or verse.
I attempted the same with brushstrokes first then a white acrylic marker applied to the top. I was disappointed with the rounded tip, I should have paid more attention, but you can buy Liquitex markers with a script tip for more calligraphic lettering.
The white marker achieves a similar look as the frisket but with an overlay of paint marker lettering instead of the use of masking fluid. It is easier to control since it’s a pen not a brush so you could use a fancy font you love and paint over it with the marker, in white or black or any color.
It’s a art fun project and one that allows for much creativity with the use of color and quotations ! ..