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Old 13-06-08, 07:17 AM
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Question Painting edges

What are some of the most effective ways to soften an edge in egg tempera? (for atmospheric perspective, overlaps, to avoid flatness in a figure etc.)
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Old 13-06-08, 12:14 PM
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Feathered brush, multiple layers, and patience.
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Old 15-06-08, 06:05 AM
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I have sometimes put very thin lines of intermediate tone along edges to create a softer line. by and large though I find that sharpening edges is more graphically effective in the final painting provided it is done with real care.
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Instead of actually painting an edge, I paint UP TO it... so at no point in time is an edge actually defined by a hard line (unless, of course, I want a hard edge).

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Old 16-06-08, 01:32 AM
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Karen, when you say paint up to it, do you mean that you never paint parralel to the edge?
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Old 16-06-08, 08:23 PM
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Thank you everyone! Still working on learning a new language in paint. It's every exciting. I'm still praying for the all important patience. It's almost an opposite approach than I've taken with oil hardly ever working with an under drawing. Now the detail leads to the whole, instead of the whole to the detail...

JeffG I only wish I could zoom in on your work on your site to better see the brushwork for inspiration. You must have used this technique with the sheep.
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