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post #1 of Old 06-21-2020, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Question Unexpected Bleeding

Hi, everyone...
This is driving me nuts, so I am pleading for help. I'm getting these bleeding edges on my paintings and I eed to know why.

Here's what I've done to get to this point...
  1. Arches 140# cold press paper
  2. Drew a pencil line drawing on the paper
  3. wetted the paper and stretched it on gator board
    • masked the image area using Pebeo liquid mask
  4. wet the entire paper and painted the background
  • removed the mask and pre-wet the underlay areas and then dropped in the underlay colors (the light blue in the pic)
  • prewet the sections of the image where the dark colors go

Now honestly, I've been VERY careful about pre-wetting for both the light blue and the dark blue. I've used a tiny brush as necessary in some cases to make certain the water stays within the lines. Except where the area has been pre-wetted inside the lines, the paper is DRY.

I will confess that my eyes are getting old and I am having some trouble seeing, but I have been monitoring the pre-wetting process carefully to keep it inside the lines, and I still get this bleeding.

If you can tell what I'm doing wrong, I would appreciate your help!

Many thanks!

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post #2 of Old 06-23-2020, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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So... I'm wondering if this could be a sizing issue... that I have somehow damaged or eliminated the sizing on my paper.

Any thoughts?

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post #3 of Old 07-03-2020, 04:26 AM
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Though you were careful, I think it's because of any mistake during pre-wetting.
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