How to Create Geometric Landscapes Using Masking Tape
December is just around the corner! To kick off the start of the holiday season, we have Ewa Kleszcz on the blog to show us how she creates her beautiful and unique, winter-inspired geometric landscapes.
Check out the step-by-step process below! Take it away, Ewa!
Hi there! I'm Ewa Kleszcz (@illustellar on Instagram), a self-taught freelance artist based in Warsaw, Poland. I draw inspiration from the natural world and combine it with geometric shapes and patterns. Today I’ll show you how to create simple yet effective geometric landscape using masking tape and watercolors!
HOW TO CREATE GEOMETRIC LANDSCAPES USING MASKING TAPE:
Cut out a polygonal shape of your choosing from a sheet of watercolor paper. You can stick to rectangles if you like, or experiment with squares, triangles, and more complex shapes. My favorite to use is a hexagon!
Using the widest tape you have, mask the edges of a painting to create white borders. Press it down tightly, otherwise the paint will drip under it and ruin your work!
Using stripes of a thinner tape, fill 2/3 of the background with geometric shapes depicting a landscape you have in mind (waves, trees, mountains, etc.).
If you want to add an extra level of intricacy to your painting, use the thinnest masking tape to fill some of the inner shapes with stripes.
Time to paint! Fill the shapes with your favorite colors. You can stick to one color per shape to create a mosaic-like effect, or let the paint flow freely between shapes and allow the colors to mix with each other.
Wait for the paint to dry completely! If you're impatient like me, you can speed this process by using a hairdryer. Slowly and carefully peel off all the stripes of masking tape. Don't yank too hard! This can damage the surface of your paper.
Finish off the painting by adding details and patterns with a white acrylic marker or black pen.
CHECK OUT THE FINISHED PAINTING BELOW:
There you have it! I hope you enjoyed reading this tutorial!
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