sometimes it’s the little things

Being “self-taught” in painting, there are some things which are so elementary, and yet unknown.   And I love it when I have one of those “aha” moments.

Earlier today I had one.  I’m painting something, I don’t yet know what it will evolve into, but I knew I wanted to do it in blocks on a gradated background.
My first attempt left me with wobbly edges to those blocks and a choppy gradation, which I didn’t like:

leaves-before-edges As I was working on some collage piece backgrounds that I had taped down to the table with painters tape, I had that moment.

AHA—-PAINTERS TAPE!

Now I’ve used painters tape quite frequently in my quilting work, as it doesn’t leave a residue.  But to actually use it in PAINTING, other than masking off the trim on the wall?????   WELL, DUH!!!!!!!!!!  (yes, I am laughing at myself here).

The result AFTER applying painters tape to the blocks and then repainting the gradated background:

leaves-after-edgesMUCH BETTER.   Now, where to go from here, I don’t have a clue, but I’m sure it will evolve into something.

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