Painting Photographic Scenery Using Friskets

Charles Grammer


The process described here is an inexpensive method of quickly duplicating the look of a high-contrast black and white photograph in a large scale. It is significantly cheaper than a painting produced by machine from a rendering, and it is quicker than painting a photo blow-up from a projected image. Three people painted about 1200 square feet of flattage in five days for a Yale School of Drama production.

The method is based on the “frisket principle,” whereby objects are laid on a surface before it is spray painted. When the objects are later removed, the shapes of the objects remain unpainted. The process lends a certain freedom to the painting process but requires some experimentation ...

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