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Masking fluid, yay or nay? 

80%
433 deviants said Yes! It's a very helpful tool.
20%
111 deviants said No! I hate it and smells like hell.

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Lifeisagift743 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
I think I'm a rookie, I use it occasionally but also like to try leaving the white without it, which is TRICKY!
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richardcgreen Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There is one caveat when using MF. When one uses it,
draw accurately! There really is NO right answer for
that survey. Check out the works of Nita Engle...just
Google her. She KNOW how to use MF.
rcg
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lilynoelle Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student General Artist
I can't imagine not using it; it's like a small miracle - although it smells like old fish. UGH! And it ruins all my brushes, so I buy big packs of really cheap ones instead of cleaning my nice ones from all that stink and stickiness. However, like I said, a miracle, albeit a smelly, messy one. ;)
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LadyDenizen Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student General Artist
You know you can use a colour shaper to apply masking fluid instead of buying a ton of new brushes. Or you can use toothpicks or a cotton swab.
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:iconlilynoelle:
lilynoelle Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student General Artist
A colour shaper? I'll have to look into that! I don't like using cotton because it always leaves little cottony trails, but I WILL look into the colour shaper! Thanks!
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LadyDenizen Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student General Artist
no prob :3
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:iconevychan:
Evychan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think it's helpful but, in addition to its smell, it kills my brushes and it's not easy to use (I guess its a matter of practice). So I just try to avoid it as much as I can...
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mapelie Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I currently used Daler Rowney. Yes it may smell like a week of unflushed toilet but when get used to it, it's the most important tool you'll ever have. So, yay!
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Alsvidr Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just suck at using it. It always ends up where I don't want it, and I can never seem to get a straight line with it. I find it so much easier to just go around the places I want white. Sometimes I'll use a couple layers of rubber cement if I want a dark/uniform background, as that is thicker and less likely to splooge everywhere, but most of the time I just ink first and then I'm good.
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theartichaud Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
There should be "Very helpfull but it DOES smell like hell" !
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Miss-CayArcena Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student General Artist
so what if it smells like "HELL" as long as you know what is DON'T SMELL it.
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:iconluinelle:
luinelle Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
I have it but I don't really use it but I'm sure it's useful
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AshenArtifice Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Like any art tool, it can be useful in some situations and be entirely worthless in others - it's all about how you use it.
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niffer5150 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes, but it smells horrible and i avoid it when i can because i find it hard to work with. it always seems to end up where i don't want it to be no matter what i use to apply it, getting it off can be a chore, but sometimes it really IS the best thing to use.
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UnamedKing Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have only seen it once in my life.... and it costs more than my watercolor papers..... TT^TT
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AshenButterflies Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Smells like fish, but works great as long as you use high grade paper.
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chernotrav Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No. I don't care it smells like hell but it leaves yellow spots on paper and it's hard to work with details. For me it's easier not to use masking fluid at all and just avoid areas which I don't want to colour.
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Valhalrion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
inbetween
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alicenpai Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do use it, but I haven't used it often. Mine doesn't smell too bad, actually, unless you press your nose to the container. Which I did once. LOLWTF
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MarionMayMay Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
I never tried it, if I want to put something SUPER white on an image painted in watercolors, I'll use a dab of acrylic white paint :)
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clockwork-madness Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I voted yes because there are some instances in which it is really helpful. But I don't like to use it if I can avoid it because it's hard to get off of the paper afterwards sometimes. (The smell doesn't really bother me either lol. Sorry everyone.)
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Cesar-fps Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's useful for irregular patterns like white splatters or such, but it's not a "must have" for watercolor painting... besides it really smells horrible.
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i use rubber cement, easier to remove, stinks less, and far cheaper than frisket :D
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012   General Artist
I lack an option for "Never tried and don't really fancy the effect" ;p

I always preferred to leave white areas instead of trying masking fluid. I just have that strange feeling it's kinda cheating. ;p
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bibyechan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I do use it on occasion, especially if I'm working on an experimental piece or if I want to be hyper cautious. Otherwise, I tend to kind of shrug off not keeping my spaces white.
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HaakonLie Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I used it more when i was a fresh rookie with watercolors!
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zoareena Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i've used it and it sucks.
its very hard to remove and is just not worth the trouble.
i've learned to pretty much have enough control over watercolors to keep the spaces i want white- white.
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Edarneor Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, come ON people! it's like cheating... if you want to use it - why choose watercolor as your medium in the first place?? use acrylics, etc...
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zzen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I tried to use it, it was total disaster. I donīt work fast, I mean I donīt have couple of hours to paint in one go, and I didnīt know, that masking fluid will ruin the paper after one week or more. And I havenīt tried it since, so...
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benikokoro Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student General Artist
how about "yes, but it still smells like hell"? ^^
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Doggitude Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I voted No because I just about never use it...but not because it smells funny. More because my subjects don't really require it. Even when painting very complicated florals, I prefer to paint around to preserve whites. For tiny dots of white--like the shiny dot in a dog's eyes or spatter--I'll use white gouache. I am not fond of the harsh edge left when you lift the masking. It is difficult to soften those edges without affecting too much of the paint around the formerly masked areas. Besides that, I'm not convinced it doesn't affect the paper's surface by pulling fibers up when it is lifted.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
I can take it or leave it. It does enable you to use more varied techniques in watercolor, but it isn't by any means necessary for a painter. I compulsively buy all new art materials that I can afford, so of course I have/use masking fluid, but if you take it away from me I probably wouldn't miss it THAT much.
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bpisek Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I use it at times and have never had any bad smell. I wonder what brand people use, that it would smell bad; do people leave it on too long ( not a good thing ).

I use Grumbacher's Miskit.
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:iconlilynoelle:
lilynoelle Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student General Artist
The brand I use smells awful, from the second I take it out of the bottle. I'll have to look into Grumbacher's. It's not a matter of leaving it on too long, because the stench fades away as it's on the paper; it's coming out of the bottle that's ... well, pretty awful. ;)
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:iconbpisek:
bpisek Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, stay away from what your using, by-the-way, what brand are you using that smells that bad?

I've been very happy with Grumbacher's brand. Here's the UPC # if your shop doesn't carry it - 014173356246.
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:iconlilynoelle:
lilynoelle Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student General Artist
I think it's the brand from the art shop I shop at. ;)
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:iconetchpea:
etchpea Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012   Digital Artist
I use it all the time! One of my favorite little tools c:
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DavisTheSecond Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes ....and it smells like HELL
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wendyBAZUTA Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
lol, my thoughts exactly.
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Jie-n Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Love it ever since I first stumbled across it here on DevArt and purchased a bottle.
I don't think I've used it to it's full potential yet (lotsa great, helpful tutorials around, btw.) but it's come in mighty hand already for my backgrounds.
:-)
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:iconjie-n:
Jie-n Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Oh, and mine doesn't smell too horrible either ("Schmincke Rubbelkrepp" liquid frisket).
:)
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Cagliostro929 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
I've never tried it! But I want to!
I have to buy it...but everytime I go to the shop I forget it!!! XD
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Juro89 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Never tried, but does not inspires me too much.
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:iconwildhaggisis:
wildhaggisis Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
i use it though i definatly agree with the smells like hell point of the nay comment
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:iconleochi:
Leochi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Depending on the type of paper. It sometimes can create great havoc because it doesn't get off properly and tears the paper. :( I've lost some drawings that way, so I'm very careful when I use it.
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lilynoelle Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, and it lifts off certain lines, as well - I have to select my tools carefully when I use it, no pencil or inks that will smear. Colored pencil, watercolor pencil, and permanent art markers work well. But overall I love it; I rarely paint without it.
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:iconleochi:
Leochi Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Since it ruined a few pics of mine, I've become quite wary of using it and I admire people who have figured out how to handle it without causing damage to their work. ;) :D
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:iconlilynoelle:
lilynoelle Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student General Artist
It ruined a few of mine, too - I'm still learning how to control it! ;)
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:iconleochi:
Leochi Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
I admire your perseverance! :D
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:iconlilynoelle:
lilynoelle Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student General Artist
;)
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