Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving (and a little masking)

Happy Thanksgiving - almost! Isn't this the perfect image for a thanksgiving card? It's from Lockhart Stamp Company and I always enjoy coloring it. I was a little pressed for time with this one, so I took the quicker route of coloring it with Copics. And you know what that means - I turn on the compressor for a little airbrush action! (In case you haven't read my compressor anecdote, you can see it here.)

I didn't have a mask cut for this image, so I thought it would be a good time to show you my process when I create a mask for airbrushing.

Sometimes I have an image that is larger than my Eclipse tape or a readily available Post It note (two great options for masking). For those cases, I just stamp on a scrap piece of paper and use some repositionable adhesive. The adhesive I've been turning to most lately is the Glue Glider Pro from Glue Arts. I really like how you can change cartridges mid-stream - making a project like this EASY!

I then just cut it out. You can see that I pay some attention to detail, but not precise attention.

I apply the repositionable adhesive.

Then I place it over my already colored and die cut image. I leave the die in place because I want that to act as a mask, too. This is when I airbrush (which is kind of tough to take a photo of by yourself, so sorry for not having one to show you here!).

When you remove your mask, you'll see that your original image has been protected from the airbrushed color. And the beautiful thing about spending a little time on a mask? You can reuse it! I just store it right on the wood mount (like here) or on my CD case (for my unmounteds).

Let me know if you have any questions about masking! In the meantime, good luck with your holiday prep work. Be well.

1 comment:

Simone P. said...

Great idea! Thanks for the masking tutorial!