Monday, 31 December 2012

Resistant Technique


Writing calligraphy need not be confined to the traditional calligraphy ink and paper.  You can experiment with so many different types of mediums for really effective calligraphy artwork.

Resistant Technique

Resistant Techniques
One technique is using masking fluid and watercolour.  Masking fluid is a runny fluid, which is yellow or white in colour.  It is used to mask out areas of paper before applying a medium. 

Applying Masking Fluid

You can apply the masking fluid to paper using either a paintbrush or a calligraphy pen.  If you are using a calligraphy pen, you apply the masking fluid in the reservoir using a soft brush, or you can simply dip the nib of the pen into the fluid.  Be aware that the fluid may ruin paintbrushes.  When you apply the masking agent to paper, allow the masking fluid to dry for about 10 to 15 minutes before applying some watercolour washes to the paper.  Use hot pressed paper so you don’t have to stretch the paper.  Hot pressed paper does not allow the watercolour and masking fluid to crinkle the paper, although, you may wish to stretch the paper first before applying any medium.  As you write, add some drops of water to allow the masking fluid to flow easily from your pen, removing any residue as you go.

You will find that the masking fluid a little fiddly so take your time applying the fluid to the paper.  Remember to shake the bottle thoroughly first before use. 

Applying Watercolour Washes

When choosing the colour of watercolour, ensure the shade is either dark or bright.  This will bring out the contrast of the lettering once you rub away the dried masking fluid.  The lettering will be the same colour as the paper, which is white.  If you are using coloured paper, the lettering will be the same colour as the coloured paper.  Using a small, clean glass jar or palette; mix the watercolours together of your choice until thoroughly blended to the desired shade and colour.  Paint the mixture on some rough paper first to ensure the desired colour and shade.  Apply the watercolour mixture over the masking fluid.  Once the watercolour is dry on the paper, you can rub away the masking fluid using a soft eraser, to reveal the paper underneath.

Trouble Shooting with Masking Fluid

If the writing is thick and blobby, apply some water to thin it down a little to ensure easy flow when writing.  Angle the working board a little to ensure smooth writing with the masking fluid.  Wipe away excess masking fluid from the nib of the calligraphy pen.

If the lettering does not show very much, you will need to ensure the watercolour wash is deep enough in colour to give contrast to the paper or the masking fluid may be too thin.

If you use paper that is too soft, the dried masking fluid will pull up the paper surface when you try to remove the fluid.