Week 12

Week 12 :

Wednesday, November 14

Today I will demonstrate how to use Frisket Film. See below for more details about this product


  • In my demonstration I begain with a sheet of Frisket Film and a black and white print out of a simplified picture of Elvis. Frisket was developed and used primarily as a mask for airbrush painting. I have found it to be useful when doing detailed masking in any kind of painting.
  • Frisket Film is semi-transparent when it is still attached to it's backing. So I was able to set the Frisket on top of the Elvis picture and trace the shapes of the picture onto the Frisket with a Sharpie.
  • When I have the traced image on the Frisket Film I then peal the transparent layer of film off the backing and stick it onto the surface I am painting on. At this point I could continue adding to my Sharpie drawing if I want to include some elements in my mask that might already be rendered on the surface I am painting on.
  • When I am satisfied that with the stencil image I have drawn I am ready to cut. Using a new (sharp) Xacto knife I gently cut through the Frisket Film along the lines of my drawing and removed the "positive" shapes of my drawing of Elis (the shapes that will be painted). This exposed those parts of my painting surface while masking everything else.
  • Finally I used a paper towel dipped in two colors of acrylic paint to dab paint on the exposed areas. After the paint dried I removed the remaining Frisket Film and I was left with my portrait of Elvis.
  • This process can be repeated as many times as necessary on a painting. Frisket is excellent for detailed masking on almost any kind of painting.
  • NEXT WEEK: I will show you some techniques for "impasto" painting (painting with really thick paint).