Sunday, May 21, 2017

Playing With Resist and Watercolors

Zentangle All Around recently had a prompt to
think outside the box.
Try something you've not done before.
A product, a technique, anything that
breaks the block we artists all feel at one time
or another.
Christine called the prompt:
Break the Block!
 Months ago I bought a Prima product called
Watercolor Resist Pen.
A bottle of liquid that allows you to mask off an area
so you can have contrast when you watercolor.
It has a needle tip on it and you just squeeze.
I used a piece of mixed media paper and
made scrolls and loops using the resist pen.
Then I put it somewhere safe from Aurora
to dry overnight. 
 The next day, I used a small watercolor set
also from Prima and watercolored my paper.
I slopped on a lot of water to start with -
then added the color. 
It was cool to watch how the color moved to the 
borders of the resist and sat there.
I was curious about the amount of water I added.
I really thought it would seep under the edges
of the resist lines.
 Here is what it looked like dry.
I did not use a heat gun to dry this.
I wasn't sure how the resist would react 
with the heat, so I just stuck it back in 
the safe spot and waited.

I really love how the colors mixed with each
other. Notice - when the color bumped up
to the resist lines, as it dried the resist pushed 
the color back in on itself. And made those
cool little wiggly edges all around.
I love it!
 Yesterday, I started peeling off the resist.
It pulled up in a little rubbery strip,
kind of like rubber cement did when
we were kids. 
Notice that the color did not seep under
the resist like I thought it might.
It left a good crisp, clear line.
And the white line left behind looks exactly like
the resist line did. 
All the little blobs and blunders I made -
not thinking ahead of time where I wanted
to go -
all still show up.
But that's ok. I like it!
Next, I will take this sheet and start
tangling it up!

Resist and frisket are the same things.
And I truly believe rubber cement
would do the same thing. Just remember
with it - the fumes are killer for headaches.
We don't even have any in our house just
for that very reason.

Just have fun and play some today.


  1. Replies
    1. Good! It's a lot of fun. I had no idea how it would turn out.

  2. I can see you had some fun with this - we have masking fluid for watercolours here in the UK. I think a Gelly Roll Sakura Glaze (Clear) would also work to give the resist, & so would a wax crayon in white though both those two would resist a Pigma Micron or whatever pen you'd tangle with too.

    1. I should do an art on a shoestring resist with a crayon and kid's watercolors. Thanks for the idea

  3. I was admiring the beautiful art you have for sale on Etsy and found your blog. I really like the way you are able to make the bright colors work together without being muddy.

    1. Thank you! For looking at my store and my blog! I seem drawn to pink, purple, and teals. Just keep a paper towel handy and if things start to mud up, blot up that color and keep on working 😊

  4. i did it, but the color didn't pull away from the resist. I am going to try water color paper (i used mixed media) today. the way it pulls away from the lines adds a nice design element.

    1. what product did you use? I was thinking might be the white crayon post - but see that it isn't. with the white crayon I had to go back over my lines and make them heavier. for the frisket and resist pen - make sure it is dry before you watercolor and make sure that dries before you pull off the resist.


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