Using Tape to Get Straight Lines on a Painting

For this instructable I will be showing you what I do to get straight, no bleed through lines on my paintings.

Step 1: Items Needed

For this painting I used the items below:

  • Tape
  • Paint Brush
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Canvas

Most of the things that I used for this painting I got from a local art shop so I can't provide a link as to where I got them from.

Step 2: Prices

If you already own some of these things then it would be good to use them but here I will list how much I paid for each item.

  • Tape
    • Smaller one (0.5 inch) - £1.49
    • Larger one (1 inch) - £2.25
  • Daler Rowney Paint Brush Set - £12.95
  • Artina Academy Canvas (12x16 inch) - £15 for 5

For the most of the paints, I bought them at the local art shop but the purple and white I bought of amazon. Here is a link for both colours:

Step 3: The Trick to Getting Perfectly Straight Lines

The first thing to do is to lay the tape. This can be in what ever design you desire. One of the things that I have learnt is to paint over the edges of the tape with white paint.

Why is this a good idea?

If you look at a canvas, it isn't totally flat. It would take a lot of pushing down on the tape for there to be no bleed through. Bleed through is were the paint line isn't completely straight as the paint has gone under the tape line.

If you really want no bleed through then you could paint over the edges a few times. White is easy to paint over.

Step 4: Preparing Your Paint

The colours that I have chosen to go with is blue and purple. I will mix these two colours to create different shades for each shape.

As I have done a painting prior to this that is similar, I found that it will take a few coats, depending on how thick you lay the paint down. I mixed quite a bit of the mixed colour I am painting to avoid lighter and darker areas as much as possible. This will prevent me having to mix up more, which might not be the same could as previously mixed.

The picture above is just to show what 1 layer of blue looks like. This is just to show why the extra layers are needed (if it suits you)

Step 5: Final Touches (and the Best Part)

So, this is what my finished piece looked like. The next thing to do is to peel off the tape, after the painting has dried. You might not think your work looks good before the tape has been pulled off, but trust me keep going until you get to the point where you can pull the tape off. It will look really good, and its super easy.

For mine, I will continue to paint the lines white.

Something I will do myself for the next painting

I personally would paint the whole canvas white so that I don't have to go back and re-lay the tape to get straight lines or spend more time slowly painting it.

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    AnandM54

    2 months ago

    Looking nice friend !!

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    randofo

    2 months ago

    I couldn't imagine going back to paint everything white. That sounds time consuming.

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    HannahWaltonrandofo

    Reply 2 months ago

    I could leave it how it is but I don't mind going back to paint it. I didn't think of it until after I'd put down the tape etc, plus I'd painted 2 of the shapes white and it just looks akward in my opinion.
    Just a tip for everyone else :)