Schmincke Lift Off Medium for watercolour painting is brand-new and is now available at Jackson’s.
Lifting colour is a technique that many watercolour painters employ to remove paint from a dried painting to create lighter areas. You can correct mistakes, lighten an area that has too much paint, modify your values, or create a pattern of lighter shapes. Sometimes values are hard to judge while the painting is wet because the colours lighten so much as they dry.
A new medium from Schmincke, Lift Off Medium, prepares your watercolour paper by sealing it a bit to make it easier to lift off dried colour later either with your brush or absorbent paper. Some colours are already naturally easier to lift off because they are less staining. But painting this medium on your paper before you paint will make it easier to wipe away dried colour, even staining colours that normally don’t like to lift. It it then as easy to lift staining colours as non-staining colours. Many watercolour brands have colour charts that list the different attributes of each colour including whether it is a staining pigment in their brand. The Handprint website has a useful list of staining and non-staining pigments.
On the left side you can see a staining watercolour applied to paper without Lift-off Medium.
After it was dry the colour couldn’t be lifted completely.
On the right side you see the paper that was coated with Lift-off Medium first.
You can see that after it was dry the colour was lifted with water easily.
Apply the Schmincke Lift Off Medium directly to your paper and allow it to dry before you begin painting. It is recommended to coat the whole surface of the paper. If you are using very soft, textured paper like rag paper, the medium should to be applied neat; for papers that already have some sizing the medium should be thinned with water. Testing to see how you should use it on your paper is recommended. As the Lift-off Medium dries to a water-insoluble film, it must never be put into the pans or it will create a varnished barrier on top. Clean the brush you use with water and soap before the medium dries in the brush.
To lighten or remove colour that has dried, brush your damp brush on the area you wish to remove paint from. Wipe the colour onto a paper towel and repeat until the area is lightened to your requirements. If the colour is stubborn you may need to use a stiffer brush and a slight scrubbing motion. Rinse the brush as needed. You can control the shape and size of the lifted area by using different sizes of a round brush, a flat brush on the flat or on the edge and you can get a fine line by squeezing the flat brush into a chisel edge with your fingers.
Next week we will have a blog post about another new Schmincke watercolour medium – Granulation Medium.
Click on the underlined link to go to the current offers on the Schmincke Lift Off Medium on the Jackson’s Art Supplies website.
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