Masking with washi tape
"We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential.
Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys."
As I work through my 365 Somethings project, I can think of new ideas but I can also look through art I've done before and revisit "old" ideas with flare and a twist! Further, I can grab an index card and try to do the same technique on both surfaces - a lush watercolor square and a basic 3x5" index card. The results will be different!
So I used the masking technique I shared in the gouache grid tutorial to create these grids. I think they look like mosaics or windows 🖼🏢🏭. I think these would be cool with a limited color palette - maybe even monochromatic? Where on earth is the square rainbow candy emoji, anyhow? Put that on the list of emoji that artists NEED, like BLUEBERRIES, THREAD, SEWING MACHINE, a NEON sign, a sleeker PEN, a BRUSH with rainbow paint... but seriously the 🦔 is cute.
3x3" ink on watercolor paper, somethings 49-52
Use narrow washi or removable painter's tape to get thin lines separating your squares. Place your tape in a grid, then paint each section individually, and when dry or almost dry, remove the tape slowly. Yes, there will be imperfections where the washi intersects, and THAT is the beauty of this technique. Allow for blends and drips and surprises in your art:) This will use a lot of tape, but it sure is fun. You might want to use cheap faux washi tape for this [ps. in my experience, those tapes labeled "washi" in the big box craft stores are not authentic washi but would be better described as decorative tape... but of course ymmv]. Try this technique with ink, watercolor, fluid acrylic paint or gouache!
Learn to paint abstract freehand grids without masking! Develop your brush skills while you learn to create tiny abstracts in my Tiny Museum workshop! Paint gorgeous grids with watercolor or gouache!!!