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"new" masking tapes

masking tapes


Hi all--

as you may know, I've been hard at work on the new book, an update of my 20-year-old Watercolor Tricks & Techniques for North Light, testing materials and such--one thing I tried out was a new kind of yellow painter's tape--that's house-painter's--that I found at a Sherwin Williams the other day! It's Shurtape brand, though there may be other similar ones out there.

It wasn't as cheap as plain old masking tape, or even drafting tape, I think, but it's low-tack, razor edged, and works beautifully on watercolor paper. It's translucent enough you can see through it if you're cutting a complex shape to mask, makes a clean edge when you remove it, doesn't damage your watercolor paper when you remove it, and the yellow color doesn't interfere with my ability to judge values quite as much as the blue does. Check it out!

I'm doing illustrations of some of the materials I'm using for the book, and the yellow and blue painter's tapes were too pretty together not to try!

You can find them here, with more information:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cathy-johnson/2967580671/

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Thanks! It was fun...