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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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...
DoggitudeFeatured By OwnerMar 4, 2012Professional 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.