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    Hey everyone I need some advice. I am painting a couple of light watercolor translucencies for the next show and I just found out that I need to back paint a silhouette that is only supposed to be revealed at the end of the show. How do I go about doing this and have the back paint either not bleed through or not have the paint on the front look uneven?

    I have starched one side of the fabric already, should I flip the pieces over and starch the other side as well?

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     Angelique Powers
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    Yes!!

    You have some great instincts here. Definitely starch the back as well. Some scenics will often starch it and paint a layer of a thin clear sealer as well just to make sure the paint doesn’t go through.

    I also recommend making a small sample to go with your peoce to test color and the strength of the back painted starch.

    Also we have an article about this topic to help!

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    Hi… Definitely clear flat front and back to fill the “pores”

    Also do some tests. The silhouettes can be achieved by using a latex color similar to the front image. Apply to a test flat first to see how far you can thin, but latex…even white…has a fairly opaque quality. Apply to the back. Usually I do three sprays of flat on the back and brush one in…then apply the alternate image. Cheers! keegansmission.com

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