How to Paint a Straight Line on Canvas Art

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Painting a straight line on canvas can be done by rolling the brush in paint, laying the brush on its side and carefully drawing the brush across the canvas, or it can be done by laying down blue painter's tape and using it as a guide. Create a perfectly straight line using paint with a demonstration from an experienced artist and art supply store employee in this free video on drawing and painting.

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Hi, my name is David Lamplugh and I work for Asel Art Supply in Austin, Texas. And I'm here today to talk about a couple of different methods for drawing a straight or painting a straight line on the canvass. The first method is to do this by hand very carefully, very slowly. Sometimes you can lay it on its side and you can see that it makes a kind of evenly weighted line, depending if the paint is thin enough that you can do across the painting. I roll the brush to get a good point. I lay it, trying to lay it back down and trying to use the same line weight as before. The second method is of course using your old friend blue painter's tape or regular masking tape. I'm going to put it on trying to line it up to my pencil. Now remember I can go back and erase this pencil line later. And also, if stuff does go under, even after I do my methods, I can always reverse paint this thing up to the edge and use white paint to get rid of my overshoot on here. I'm laying it down just as easy as boiling water. So I'm going to go ahead and dab some of this paint on and with this process, it's always like opening presents on Christmas, I always want to rip the tape off really quick and see how well I've done. But I'm going to leave it on there for a little while just so it sets up. You leave it on there too long, you can sometimes it be hard to get off the, get off the tape. So as you, I'm showing here, I'm just trying to do my best to get that painted area, you know. I'm not going over the tape that much because the more you go over the tape, the harder it's going to be to get the tape off. It's just the way it works. I'm moving along; it looks like, right there, you can't see it, it looks like the tape has had come up a little bit. So I'm going to put that down, see if that has a more successful operation. Taking off the tape, seeing how we did. Yeah there's a little bit undershoot, right over here on the edge; but pretty clean as I do say so myself; pretty card detailing clean. I should think about a new career. And you can see the pencil line on there, it's easily taken care of; just wait for this paint to dry fifteen minutes and then you can go in there with eraser, take out that pencil line. But, that's our final result there, a lot cleaner, takes a lot less time and you can see, on this one I'm going to have to tape those edges anyway and start over with tape to get that nice fine line.

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