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Majestic Pine

moai 28 Dec 2020

Painted on a 20 x 16 canvas with a octagon cut out of contact paper. This was very fun. I got the shape from a placemat. Not a perfect shape or in the center, but close enough.



I've been wondering the best way to shape contact paper, good method! How hard was it to work with?

Also, that sky, moody and amazing.

It can be a little tough to get it to be perfectly square. Luckily I used contact paper that was 20 inches wide which is perfect for a for a 16 x 20 canvas. Contact paper might also come in widths of 18 inches. I think contact paper would work better with oils because with acrylic I use water to keep the canvas wet and contact paper does not stick well to surfaces that have water on them. A dry canvas would be best for contact paper and use a stiff placemat or stencil. Soft cloth placemats move too much. I have problems making straight cuts so having the contact paper match the canvas on one edge helps. I use a utility knife to cut out the interior which works , but can be challenging to follow the pattern. A sharp blade would work best. Contact paper is better than using tape because lining up tape can be difficult.

Like the placemat idea, and love that you have come out of the shape with the trees on the left. It makes me wonder what's down that path? What's in the fields on the right?
The trunk of the tree in the foreground is beautiful.

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