Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Using Masking Fluid

Masking fluid, also known as liquid frisket, is a very handy tool for fine art water colorists to preserve white areas that would be too tiny or complex to paint around.

 What is masking fluid, exactly? It’s made of a suspension of latex in water and is usually lightly tinted to make it easier to see on the paper, either a light yellow or gray. Ammonia is added as a preservative.

Here are some tips for using masking fluid: 1. Before using masking fluid you need to have your painting all planned so you know exactly where the highlights or areas you will want to preserve are. Tiny areas in this painting are preserved with masking fluid.Tiny areas in this painting are preserved with masking fluid.

 2. Never shake the bottle, as it will cause the product to lump and you might get tiny air bubbles in the fluid. You can stir it gently. Rubbing a brush on a bar of soap to clean Rubbing a brush on a bar of soap before painting with masking fluid.

 3. Use an old brush or a cheap plastic brush to apply masking fluid, as it would ruin a nice expensive one. The brush will be easier to wash if you rub it before on a bar of soap with a bit of water. Silicone brushes (Colour Shapers) are also very convenient for smaller areas, as you only need to wait for the masking fluid to dry and then peel it off the brush.I sometimes use tooth picks to apply masking fluid to small areas. You can also splatter masking fluid with a toothbrush or draw lines with a toothpick or a squeeze bottle with a fine tip. applying masking fluid to watercolor paper with a silicone color shaper.

4. It is possible to add a bit of water to masking fluid to make it easier to apply, but adding too much water will make it loose its resisting properties and adhere too strongly to the paper.

 5. If using a brush, clean it as soon as possible. Masking fluid dries quickly and becomes more difficult to remove.

 6. It is possible to apply masking fluid on an area that has been previously painted, just know that when removed, the latex will probably pick up some of the color underneath and make that area lighter.

 7. Change you water before starting to paint as the latex will make the colors appear dull. removing masking fluid by pulling gently with fingersRemoving masking fluid by pulling gently with your fingers

8. Wait for the masking fluid to be thoroughly dry before starting to paint, otherwise it might mix with your paint. Unfortunately, you can’t save time by using a hair dryer, as the heat will make the latex adhere to the paper and it will be very difficult to take off. Exposure to full sun or high temperatures will have the same effect.

 9. If left for too long on a painting, masking fluid might become almost impossible to remove. The time you can safely keep the masking fluid on the paper depends on a number of factors, including the brand, external temperature, expiration date, etc.

 10. When the painting is completely dry, you can either use a soft eraser, a rubber pick up tool, or just peel it off the fluid by pulling it gently. You can pass your hand slowly on the paper to detect any small area of masking fluid you did forget to take off.

 11. Masking fluid works very well to preserve white areas on your paper, but these areas tend to have a very hard (sharp) edge that could lend to an unnatural look on your painting, almost like a decoupage look. A good way to prevent this is to soften the edges with a stiff brush and water.

 12. You don’t need to preserve all white areas with masking fluid — sometimes it’s easier to just paint around it if the shape is quite simple.

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I use an old nail-polish brush to apply masking fluid to my watercolor paper. It goes on easily, washes quickly from the brush, and never dries too rapidly.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas Painting


Merry Christmas,
Have a safe and wonderful holiday.

Christmas Cat and Mouse
Christmas Cat and Mouse, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Christmas Cat and Mouse
12x9 inch watercolor painting on 140 lb watercolor paper
Media: watercolor
Size: 9 in X 12 in (22.9 cm X 30.5 cm)
Price: $100 USD
How to Purchase:

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Something to Crow About


Something to Crow About
12x9 
watercolor

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fantasy watercolor


A Very Odd Couple
A Very Odd Couple, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
A Very Odd Couple
12x9 inch watercolor
Media: watercolor
Size: 9 in X 12 in (22.9 cm X 30.5 cm)
Price: $100 USD
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014








Pond Snail
9x12


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Three French Hens


Three French Hens No.3
Three French Hens No.3, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Three French Hens
9x12 inch watercolor painting
Media: watercolor painting
Size: 12 in X 9 in (30.5 cm X 22.9 cm)
Price: $39 USD
How to Purchase:

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

How to draw the head

If your like me and drawing or painting the head is difficult here is a quick tutorial on how to draw the head. I can always draw it when the person is looking at mme but how do you do it when they are turned and you only see part of one of the yes ? How do you get that head tilt right?

I hope this helps.







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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Blue Jay painted in watercolor


Holly and Blue Jay
Holly and Blue Jay, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting: This cold little blue jay is looking for a berry to eat this morning.
Holly and Blue Jay
watercolor painting
11x15
Media: watercolor
Size: 15 in X 11 in (38.1 cm X 27.9 cm)
Price: $200 USD
How to Purchase:

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Long Neck Snail





Long Neck Snail
12x9
watercolor
Art by Delilah

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Fun

Halloween is almost here. So lets have a little spooky fun. This months Nibblefest is Monsters. This is my entry in the Nibblefest Art Contest, a themed art contest beginning on the 20th of each month. Please be sure to search for NFAC to see more great entries, each starting at just $0.99.

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Where there's Smoke
12x9
watercolor

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Humming Bird painted in watercolors


Hummingbird No. 2
Hummingbird No. 2, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting: This is No. 2 in my watercolor hummingbird series.
Hummingbird No.2
watercolor painting on 200 lb watercolor paper 9x12
Media: watercolor painting
Size: 12 in X 9 in (30.5 cm X 22.9 cm)
Price: $50 USD
How to Purchase:

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Dance Like No One Is Watching






Dance  Like No one is watching
Whimsical watercolor painting
12x9 Available at Ebay




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Friday, October 3, 2014

Sharp Dresser, Chicken Art








They eye me jealously knowing that all the hens think I am such a sharp dresser. So I strut my stuff ruff those bright shinny feather and know I am king of the hen house.They can all take a jealous dirt bath for all I care because I am the one the chicks want.

They All Work ©2006-20014 Art by Delilah

Sweet Potato watercolor painting


Sweet Potato
8x6
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Still life of strawberry and bee


Strawberry and Cup
Strawberry and Cup, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Strawberry and Cup
9x12 watercolor painting
Media: watercolor
Size: 12 in X 9 in (30.5 cm X 22.9 cm)
Price: $50 USD
How to Purchase:

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Price: $50 USD plus $5 USD s/h

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Chicken Painitng


$1.00 AUCTION A Big Fat Hen watercolor
$1.00 AUCTION  A Big Fat Hen watercolor, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting: Whimsical Chickens are always fun for me to paint. For the next few days I will be painting chickens. Stay tuned for a video on one of them next week.
A Big Fat Hen
12x9 watercolor painting on 200 lb watercolor paper 
Media: watercolor
Size: 9 in X 12 in (22.9 cm X 30.5 cm)
Price: $1 USD
How to Purchase:

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Flower Garden No. 2


Flower Garden No. 2
Flower Garden No. 2, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Flower Garden No.2
18x24 watercolor on 200 lb watercolor paper
Media: watercolor
Size: 24 in X 18 in (61 cm X 45.7 cm)
Price: $200 USD
How to Purchase:

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Chicken Painting


Peck Peck
Peck Peck, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Peck Peck
watercolor
9x12 on 140 lb watercolor paper
Media: watercolor
Size: 12 in X 9 in (30.5 cm X 22.9 cm)
Price: $100 USD
How to Purchase:

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Price: $100 USD plus $10 USD s/h

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Long Legged Heron


Long Legged Heron
Long Legged Heron, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Long Legged Heron
15x11 watercolor on 140 lb watercolor paper
Media: watercolor
Size: 11 in X 15 in (27.9 cm X 38.1 cm)
Price: $100 USD
How to Purchase:

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ready to Sail, Sail Boat Painting


Ready to Sail, sailboats
Ready to Sail, sailboats, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Ready to Sail
24x24x1 1/2
oil painting on gallery wrapped stretched canvas
Media: oil painting
Size: 24 in X 24 in (61 cm X 61 cm)
Price: $700 USD
How to Purchase:

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Price: $700 USD plus $20 USD s/h
The Ann Arbor Michigan Art Fair starts next week July 16-19 2014!

Come and see original paintings at my booth B702 on Thompson Street.




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With a Passion for Painting


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Ann Arbor Art FAir

For artists and art fair lovers the Ann Arbor Art Fairs equate with the New Year's Day or the first day of school -- it is the event around which the other 361 days of the year turn here in Michigan.

 Dates: July 16-19, Wednesday through Saturday Location: Main Street, South University, Liberty and the University of Michigan Campus Easiest parking: Briarwood mall off of State and I-94, free parking and then take the shuttle to the fairs & some new reserved parking What you'll find: over 1000 juried artists from across the nation in four authorized events

Come and say Hi. I'm on Thomson Street part of the State Street Area booth B702


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All Work ©2006-20014 Art by Delilah

Hope to see you in Ann Arbor Michigan

For artists and art fair lovers the Ann Arbor Art Fairs equate with the New Year's Day or the first day of school -- it is the event around which the other 361 days of the year turn here in Michigan.

 Dates: July 16-19, Wednesday through Saturday Location: Main Street, South University, Liberty and the University of Michigan Campus Easiest parking: Briarwood mall off of State and I-94, free parking and then take the shuttle to the fairs & some new reserved parking What you'll find: over 1000 juried artists from across the nation in four authorized events

Come and say Hi. I'm on Thomson Street part of the State Street Area booth B702


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All Work ©2006-20014 Art by Delilah

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Pansies on Parade





Pansies on Parade
8x8
watercolor
These pansies go on auction today at 99 cents.
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All Work ©2006-20014 Art by Delilah

Friday, July 11, 2014

Buy original art

The Ann Arbor Michigan Art Fair starts next week July 16-19 2014!

Come and see original paintings at my booth B702 on Thompson Street.




Delilah
With a Passion for Painting


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

American Bird Houses


American Bird Houses
American Bird Houses, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
American Bird Houses
12x9 watercolor
Media: watercolor
Size: 9 in X 12 in (22.9 cm X 30.5 cm)
Price: $100 USD
How to Purchase:

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Floral Still Life


Floral Still Life
Floral Still Life, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Floral Still Life
watercolor painting
11x15 inch
Media: watercolor painting
Size: 15 in X 11 in (38.1 cm X 27.9 cm)
Price: $100 USD
How to Purchase:

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Price: $100 USD plus $10 USD s/h

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Roots, Vegetable watercolor painting

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cross Eyed Rooster


Cross Eyed Rooster
Cross Eyed Rooster, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Cross Eyed Rooster
12x9 watercolor
Media: watercolor
Size: 9 in X 12 in (22.9 cm X 30.5 cm)
Price: $40 USD
How to Purchase:

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Chicken Painting in watercolors


Regal Rooster
Regal Rooster, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Regal Rooster
12x9
watercolor
Media: watercolor
Size: 9 in X 10 in (22.9 cm X 25.4 cm)
Price: $30 USD
How to Purchase:

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Flamingo Watercolor Painting


Flamingo
Flamingo, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
One of the most recognisable traits of this leggy bird is how it seems to prefer to stand on one leg– even when asleep – with what appears to be its knee bent backwards. This is actually its ankle and heel; the flamingo’s knee is located much further up the limb, hidden underneath its feathers. The whole area from the ankle to the toes is actually a giant foot. The joint that looks like an ankle, right down the bottom, is actually the beginnings of the toes. So effectively half the flamingo’s legs are actually its feet, and the normal stance for a flamingo is on its tiptoes.
Flamingo
12x9
watercolor on 140 lb watercolor paper
Media: watercolor
Size: 9 in X 12 in (22.9 cm X 30.5 cm)
How to Purchase:

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All Work ©2006-20014 Art by Delilah

Friday, May 23, 2014

Geraniums in a Clay Pot


Geraniums
Geraniums, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Geraniums
9x12 watercolor painted on 140 lb watercolor paper
Media: watercolor
Size: 12 in X 9 in (30.5 cm X 22.9 cm)
Price: $50 USD
How to Purchase: This Painting has been SOLD but if you would like one simlar please send me an email


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

March Hare, Alice in Wonderland

If you are an Alice in Wonderland fan and love the March Hare as much as I do you may want to take a closer look at this watercolor in my Ebay store Delilah's Art. The painting is 12x9 and painted on 140 lb watercolor paper.

This is painting is available at my Ebay store. The bidding is starting at 99 cent. click here to bid.


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Friday, May 9, 2014

Job Well Done, Chicken Art


Job Well Done
Job Well Done, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Job Well Done
watercolor 9x12
Media: watercolor painting
Size: 12 in X 9 in (30.5 cm X 22.9 cm)
Price: SOLD
How to Purchase:
This painting has been sold but if you would like one similar just send an email

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bees on Bikes


Unicycling Bees
Unicycling Bees, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Unicycling Bees
12x9
watercolor
Media: watercolor
Size: 9 in X 12 in (22.9 cm X 30.5 cm)
Price: $150 USD
How to Purchase:

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Review: Products I Use


I always put my watercolor and drawing in Clear resealable bags.

Originally submitted at Jerry's Artarama Art Supplies

Clear Art & Photo Bags   In the past, protecting your art was a time consuming and cumbersome project. Now all you have to do is slip your art into these bags and fold over the flap which has a resealable adhesive strip on it. In just seconds your art is placed in a safe environment a...

Keep your art work safe and visible
By Art by Delilah from Michigan on 4/21/2014


5out of 5
Pros: Best
Cons: Best
Best Uses: Personal
Describe Yourself: Professional
This is great for displaying paintings and drawing.Keeping your work safe and clean while shipping and letting the customer get a close up look with out figure prints. I like the fact that it can be resealed.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chicken Painting


Discussion Group, Chickens
Discussion Group, Chickens, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Discussion Group
9x12
watercolor
Media: watercolor
Size: 12 in X 9 in (30.5 cm X 22.9 cm)
Price: $50 USD
How to Purchase:

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Hollyhocks with Hummingbird and Dragonfly


Hollyhocks with Hummingbird,and Dragonfly
Hollyhocks with  Hummingbird,and Dragonfly, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Holihocks,Hummingbird,and Dragonfly
Watercolor on 300 lb cold pressed watercolor paper
22x30
Shipped flat not rolled
Media: watercolor
Size: 30 in X 22 in (76.2 cm X 55.9 cm)
Price: $1000 USD
How to Purchase:

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Price: $1000 USD plus $30 USD s/h

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Elvis the fat cat


Fat Cat and Geraniums
Fat Cat and Geraniums, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting: I want to do an oil painting of my Fat cat Elvis but I thought I would try a few watercolor studies first. I have three cats so I am trying to decide which one makes the best model. 
Fat Cat and Geraniums
9x12 watercolor
Media: watercolor
Size: 12 in X 9 in (30.5 cm X 22.9 cm)
How to Purchase:

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Thursday, April 10, 2014