A new technique

  I tried a new technique this weekend.   I had read about an artist spraying her drawing with workable fixative.  She used it to preserve her lines under masking.  
 To experiment I did a small drawing of a cardinal.   When it was completed I used Krylon's fixative.  Then left it to sit for about 15 minutes before applying Miskit. 
  After the mask was no longer tacky watercolors were poured into the background.   When they were completely dry I removed the resist .  The drawing had remained totally intact.
 Will certainly use this technique again in the future.  
If any of you have a tip that works well I would love to hear it.
Hope you all have a wonderful week-end .
Thanks for stopping by.  


  1. I want to see that bird when its finished!
    the background looks stunning :) xx

  2. How interesting! I wonder if the workable fixative would keep the masa paper from tearing if I spray first then friskit over it? A thought. So the workable fixative does not interfere with your paints then? And by the way, I love the gorgeous cardinal!

  3. I'm with Pat on that one Debbie. Can't wait to see it finished. Looking great so far. Thanks for the tip.

  4. It's wonderful! The fixatives really do alter the surface completely, though, so it that's what you want, it's great. But sometimes I spray workable fixative and then can't get the right 'feel' to the pencil on the paper afterward, and the whole rest of the piece is a different experience for me. For you, the fixative had a wonderful effect on this piece! It's beautiful!

  5. Debbie~You do absolutely beautiful work. I am so tempted to actually get out my watercolor set and try it. Why am I so scared of it???! I hope you will make prints of your work and sell them.

  6. I am not much of an artist - so no tips from me :) I think that all your paintings are really lovely.

  7. I am familiar with the different Krylons but not the miskit.It is always fun to learn new tips. I also look forward to the finished piece. I have been thinking about doing some experimenting also.

  8. Thank you for the great tip
    Beautiful work!

  9. Thanks for the watercolour tip!
    Happy painting.

  10. This looks great!! Can't wait to see it finished. I've heard of people using the Krylon on top of a finished piece but never under masking. That sounds interesting.

  11. Oh Debbie this is gorgeous work. Thanks for the tips. I need all the help I can get. I have been playing catch up on your blog posts. Love your Frankie.

  12. That looks lovely Debbie... I've never tried that technique before.... Maybe I should someday! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog.

    Have a great night

    sensible sarah

  13. Debbie, you have a beautiful blog! This is a great tip, I will definitely experiment with.I've had problems with drawings fading especially ones that sit for a few weeks.

  14. I don't know if we can get this fixative here, but seems like an awesome trick !

  15. I don´t know this technique, I´ll try to do it.

  16. It is lovely to see some more of your art work. It looks like an interesting technique with good results, I can see you are going to have fun experimenting.
    The sketchbook page looks really nice, such lovely pencil sketches. You must share more of your work. Birds are such lovely subjects and as I watch them in the garden I never think to draw them.
    Hope you are keeping warm, happy painting.

  17. sketches and wip painting look beautiful debbie .. hope to see it finished too

  18. I'm going to try this technique, Debbie, thank you for sharing it.




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