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Working with Lifting Preparation

This morning, prior to heading out for a few odds and ends at my local store, I thought that I would head up to the studio and play around with some simple sketching.  This turned into something that was akin to playing with every watercolor, and  this intern developed into a mess.  But a learning mess.

Lifting Preparation…

Is one of the better mediums that you can invest in.  It is wonderful for just going back over your image,  with a wet brush, and a paper towel, and lifting off some of the pigment, to create that lighter or illuminated look.  I love this because some times I tend to over work, and then need to remove some of the pigment just a little.

Example on Reflective or Glass Subjects

Here is an example that I created.  I will add this to my art journal, you can see I have already started to make my notes.

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Working with Lifting Preparation Shown here is an example of ” Lifting Preparation by Winsor and Newton.

I over worked this image purposefully to see if the color could be lifted from the paper and how cleanly it would come off. I applied the lifting Prep. and then allowed it to dry as per the instructions on the  bottle.  I only applied it to the area that I had previously sketched out for the glass. I then worked the glass and back ground, lifting off the pigment from the glass as I went.  I used a spray bottle, filled with water, to soften the paint and then used a tissue to remove the pigment in the area that I wanted the reflection.

Working on Natural Subjects

I worked up this rose later in the day just to see if it could be used in a more natural looking way. The worked well to remove color .  I can see some very good possibilities using this, and it will become a staple in my studio.  It does create a skin betweIMG_3118place setting15en the brush and the paper. This may or may not be noticeable with every artist.   Some pluses with this medium was I did not get the paper deterioration that you can get with rubbing and scraping the paper to remove the pigment.

Well that all folks.  Thank you again for joining me here in the studio.  I will see you on Monday.  Tomorrow I will be heading to the movies to see the James Bond movie.  Until then have a creative weekend.

4 thoughts on “Working with Lifting Preparation

  1. THE ROSEEE! I love the rose to bits! I’ve always wanted to learn how to paint them like that!! Lifting works well with this? What paper do you use? (with the paper I have lifting I almost impossible </3) Also I would love to see a "how-to" on this!!

    1. That is fantastic to hear. I always think that my roses are lacking, so for you to compliment that little experiment, well lets just say I’ll keep on trying and thank you!! As usual I got in a hurry to press post and did not think to give a source link…. Ahhhhh oh well. So here goes: I use 140 cold pressed Canson paper for this. I had tried Strathmore 140 cold pressed but it just disintegrated under the brush. The Canson had a much better life.

      1. Really?? Well, they’re wonderful! I’d love to see your future roses 🌹 Thank you so much!! I’ll be getting Canson soon. I have that problem too with my Home Span, it absorbs the water quickly and disintegrates as well. Thank you again! Looking forward to your next posts.☺

      2. Your welcome so glad
        To have helped!! Working in the next post now!!

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