by Liliana G. Fernandes
(S. Pedro do Sul (Portugal))
I have a very big problem...
For this painting, I'm now doing the dead layer, I used a special transfer paper that I purchased in a painting utilities store, it's a blue transfer paper.
The big problem is that now I begin to realize that it's almost impossible to cover the blue lines of my drawing. If you analyze the photo of the painting in attachment, you can see it!!!
I've tried every thing... I have painted the lines in lead white, that is the most covering (opaque) white, tried to paint it in gray, tried to cover it over and over but after one day or two the lines appears again.
I really don't know what else to do!!! I turn to you because I consider you my mentor, and someone that knows everything about painting!
Before I paint the canvas in white and restart the painting, please give me some hope... do you have a solution?
Liliana G. Fernandes
Hi Liliana! Yes, I've learned the hard way on this myself. I'm not a chemist, but I will give it my best shot. Someone else may come along and comment on this later also.
A sharpie permanent marker was my downfall with similar results of the ink bleeding through the paint after a few days.
The way I solved mine was to allow the painting (along with the bleeding blue lines) to dry for 7 to 8 weeks. I then coated the thoroughly dried work with a medium that is compatible with oil paints and will help seal the offensive lines so that future coats of paint will not pull the ink up through the layer. This medium is called "Liquin". It is an "alkyd dryer", and works nice as a touch up varnish that sealed my painting and allowed for my color layers to go on without incident.
I hope this helps you.