January 14, 2012

Rijksoverheid Rood 7: Roller

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Well, that was a total surface disaster.

The size and disposability of this crappy little foam roller made it irresistible. The bubbly eggshell finish that even contains a few crumbs of foam made it a total failure putting paint down on the monochromes.

The instructions on the back are so specific, I was tempted to call following them a conceptual conceit:


  1. Pour 1/2 inch of paint into tray

  2. Roll back and forth on slanted section of paint tray to load roller thoroughly

  3. When painting, increase pressure on roller as it dispenses paint to pull paint from inside the foam reservoir

  4. Performance improves as roller becomes fully saturated with paint

  5. Finish with light strokes

But no.

On the bright side, there aren't any brushstrokes.

FEW HOURS LATER UPDATE: OK, maybe it's not so bad. The eggshelling thing is a bit subdued, but there's far less paint per coat with a roller, no drip, and it's generally smoother overall. I think I will continue with them a bit and see how it sands and builds up.

Previously: Rijksoverheid Rood paintings: the making of

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