Professional Borders, Keeping It Clean

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Whenever you are working on a project for a client, it is very important to keep it as professional as possible. One way to achieve this is to have clean borders, depending on what you are working on of course, not everything is going be boxed in; some elements may break the border, while others might reach the end of the page or canvas.

Some helpful tips on keeping your border sharp & clean:

1. Masking Fluid: Great for small or awkward shapes. Though I do not recommend this for airbrushing as it can peel the surrounding paint. It is a white, goop like consistency during application that hardens to yellow-ish rubber. There is an eye dropper attached to the lid, you can use this but I would recommend using an old paintbrush for more detailed areas.

I use Dr. Ph. Martin’s Masking Fluid, don’t let the aroma fool you, it is a great masking tool!

2. Transfer Tape by EM Plastic (4″ roll): This tape is ‘semi-transparent’ so it is easier to see what shapes you need to cut out once applied. Take an x-acto knife & lightly (emphasis on the lightly! as if you are scoring the tape, you do NOT want to slice your illustration underneath) slice the tape, masking the areas you do not want contaminated.

It is excellent for protecting certain areas of a project while airbrushing.

3. Good Ole Fashion Tape! Masking or Painter’s Tape To Be Precise: This is excellent for taping off borders, but be sure to stick the tape to your pants or shirt before applying to some surfaces – it can tear the top surface texture (i.e. illustration board) if it is too sticky.

Masking & painter’s tape is the easiest material to find anywhere!

4. Removing Techniques: Once your illustration is complete (and dry!) slowly peel off the tape; it is best to not rip off or lift the tape vertically when peeling but to slowly peel horizontally or at an angle, protecting your surface from tearing. As for the masking fluid, just rub it off with your fingers or an eraser.

Clean lines make for a beautiful presentation while keeping the illustration professional. Keep you client in mind, would you want to invest in a piece that is sloppily put together? Craftsmanship is key, show that you take pride in your work!

For further information about the materials used for the featured illustration check out my last post Water Colour Pencils you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter for instant illustration updates.

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Watercolour Pencils

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Ink & Watercolour Illustration by Noelle Fontaine

Ink &Watercolour Illustration by Noelle Fontaine

I have found a new medium to play with, rather a new way to play with an old medium. One that is rather pleasant and easy to do on the go РWATERCOLOUR PENCILS!!!

They are the best thing since sliced bread! You can take them virtually anywhere, map out the colour of your piece, pack up and go, then continue at your next location. For a busy creative who needs flexibility or is constantly on the go, like myself, these pencils are extremely convenient. Also, there is little to no clean up! That being said, once you start to wet the paper and begin your colour blending journey, you still need to wait for the paper to dry.

These pencils are excellent for someone who is just starting to explore the medium, as they are very forgiving and less intimidating than tubes of watercolour paint.

These Faber-Castell watercolour pencils are the first I have tried, so far I am very pleased with the quality and reasonable price (between $20-$30, purchased at DeSerres Art Supplies Store along with a pad of Fabriano Studio Watercolour Paper). Like all creative tools, the quality of products used can make a significant difference in the final outcome of any illustration or painting; you do not always have to buy the expensive or professional grade products/tools but once you have invested in some, you will notice a difference.

Overall, for a reasonably priced set of 36 colours and being fairly green with the medium in general, I would recommend giving these pencils a try. Even the most seasoned of creatives can have a lot of fun on the go with these babies.

Follow me on Instagram or twitter @noelle_fontaine to see more, you can  also tag me in any of your watercolour pieces to share in the fun!

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Welcome to my site, take a look around! You can learn about me or jump right in and check out my portfolio! Leave comments and let me know what you think or email me at noelle.fontaine.design@gmail.com

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