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Hard-edges

A new technique discovered during my last acrylic courses: Hard-edge technique. The group of “Plasticiens” in Montreal in the sixties including Claude Tousignant were using this technique a lot.

The principle of this technique is to use masking tapes before applying paint. This technique requires some kind of preparation at first. Which means to think about the desired result and the desired colors before starting the process…

In three steps:

  1. Sticking masking tapes (such as those used for painting walls) according to the desired pattern
  2. Applying a layer of medium along the tape to prevent paint from seeping under the masking tape
  3. Application of color (one or more coats) and then removing strips

This technique is perfect for opacity painting use. I wanted to try with transparence. Here is the result:

Hard edges technique

first version

I thought the colors would come up more under the last coat of white. But white color is very opaque. So I applied new layers of red, yellow and orange, before applying two layers of white transparent.

Hard edges technique

Second version

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