Painting on Drafting Film (Mylar)January 24, 2009
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I’ve received some new sheets of drafting film that I had ordered, and wanted to show some samples here of how it can be used as a painting surface. This is a sheet of “double matte” (meaning frosted on both sides) polyester film. There’s another version with a clear glossy surface, but although paint will adhere to that too, it holds better on this etched surface.
Back in the ancient days of my animation career I used the clear type of this film as cels with vinyl paint, and for many years since then have used the frosted type for inks and pencil. Only recently have I begun to use other types of paint on this. Below you can see various paint swatches of gouache and oil. Acrylics and casein work well with it also. I placed a sheet of colored paper beneath them so you can see how transparent it is. You can also paint on the back, of course. Even gouache sticks to this fairly well.
This product is usually called “Mylar” which is a brand name of DuPont’s. This particular sheet is made by Azon called “Herculene.” There are other brands as well, but they’re all basically the same. This whole sheet is 24 x 36″, 4ml thick and cost me <$5.00 per sheet. It also comes in rolls. When I get time I may make a full write-up about it and post it on my website.
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