Saving Big Bear With Frisket Film – Step 2

My plan is to cover the majority of the paper with dark valued hues, which means I need to save Big Bear, or save the white of the paper. I’m working on 140 lb. CP, so I used Extra Tack Frisket Film shown below:


I applied the frisket film, rolled with a brayer, used an X-acto knife to cut around the desired shape and peeled away the excess shown below.  Using Frisket Film

Step 2

Using frisket film is great for saving large shapes that are challenging to paint around. There are also other methods for preserving whites.


This is part of a series of posts focusing on the stages of painting Big Bear.

Be Careful When Drawing On Watercolor Paper

Step 1

I’ve decided to enlarge and transfer Franklin’s photo, 6″x 9″, to a 22″ x 30″ sheet of 140 lb. CP Watercolor Paper.

Because I want the bear to be accurate and I don’t want to erase on the watercolor paper, which would damage the tooth of the paper and adversely affect the watercolor’s appearance, I first worked on tracing paper and then transferred the image.

Click on these following links for more detailed, how-to info:

Lady Amethyst: to see photo of using tracing and transfer/graphite paper.

Theses are tools I relied on for my earlier work when desiring more representational results. For the last few years I’ve mostly painted without sketching using alcohol inks on Yupo/ceramic tile and with watercolor, as shown in 2015 30 In 30.

Now, I’m wanting to go in the direction of blending a representational subject into an interpretive setting. With oils, I enjoy working out the composition directly on the canvas as with, You Gotta Start Somewhere, because making initial adjustments doesn’t damage the painting surface. With watercolor, I sometimes use either the Grid Method or an Opaque Projector.


Click on the links below to learn more about these two popular enlarge and transfer methods:

1. Grid Method

2. Opaque Projector

The Opaque Projector is quicker and the one I used this time. This is considered cheating by some. Read more about the ongoing:

Big Controversy: Should Artists Use This Tool?

After clicking the above, Artist Daily (Nov. 2014), link, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the comments section to read most recent perspectives and opinions. Norman Rockwell, too…Oh, my.


The last and the next few blog posts will focus on the stages of painting Big Bear.


Dream Big…


This may get cropped down, but at least I can begin by dreaming big :)

No, I didn’t take that bear photo :D Franklin did.

My next few blog posts will share some of the stages of a watercolor inspired from

Franklin’s photo.

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Each month they offer a Monthly Challenge.

February Challenge is, The Hills Are Alive.

One of the most important things I learned from the Jan. 30 in 30 is to keep the momentum going….so, I’m taking it on and dreaming big.

30 In 30 – 2015 Collage

2015 30 In 30 Collage, ©June Rollins

2015 30 In 30 Collage, ©June Rollins

My goal at the beginning was to show up. Thankful and a little relieved to share this 30 In 30 Collage that shows I showed up!

Many thanks to all who shared, liked and commented. You helped keep me going.

Life is a journey. When we stop, things don’t go right. – Pope Francis

Let’s all just keep going…

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Day 28

Day 28, Watercolor, ©June Rollins

Day 28, Watercolor, ©June Rollins

Recognize the same colors and similar small flower shapes that were in Day 27? It’s another cropped section from the same source I continued to work. If you look closely, you may be surprised like I was with the unplanned, uncontrived, rather cute, emerging T-Rex. Or, maybe I’m just seeing things ;)

See Day 28 works by over 1,200 artists participating in Jan. 30 in 30 Challenge.