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    Painting straight lines

    I need a way to paint accurate straight lines with a brush. I've seen these wierd kind of perspex rulers once or twice that was like a ruler on legs that elevated it to the height of a ferrule and off the paint.

    In any case, it was only sold in America. Any ideas?

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    Uhm... I don't mean to be a smartypants, but can't you just use masking tape for that?

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    The item on the link is the thing. I might have a go at making my own now I can see what it looks like.

    As to masking tape, I use gouache to paint so it would likely damage the watercolour paper and lift the paint film.

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    You can use any ruler or straightedge, just angle it up from the surface and run the ferrule of the brush along it. Some people notch the edge of the ruler into one of the crimps of the ferrule for added steadiness. Honestly, though, whenever I have to do straight lines I paint them freehand over a ruled drawing.


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    Other options - drafting tape is weak enough not to hurt the paper.

    Or, just practice freehand. Use your whole arm for the movement, not just your wrist.

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    Sort of like Elwell said, I draw a pencil line and free hand it. Too many times I have had the straightedge or brush do some kind of catastrophic slip/fumble on me and I have just lost patience with such tools. A nice brand new nylon flat or bright can be run along the drawn line end-on without pushing down too hard and you can get a pretty dang crisp line out of it.

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    The blame lies more with the shake in my hands than with any brush. I've become pretty reliant on templates and drafting tools over the years.

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    Friskette hepls too.

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    I stuck one brush at an angle over the painting against it, and used it kind of like a straight edge to paint the line, only not directly on the surface, my straight edge was elevated.

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    I've been doing a lot of straight and curved lines for my current project, a painting of a greenhouse. I started out with masking tape but realized it was way easier to just lightly pencil the lines and paint over them.

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