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How comfortable are you with using masking fluid? 

34%
189 deviants said I like to use it sparingly, but only for detail work.
27%
147 deviants said I would like to learn how to use it, but I'm not really sure how to :(
14%
75 deviants said I love it! I use it all the time to create white space and preserve detail :)
13%
73 deviants said Masking fluid? What's that?
12%
67 deviants said It sucks; everytime I use it it destroys the paper.

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wietrzny Featured By Owner May 30, 2016   Traditional Artist
I use instead candles but only for small details. (Candle can't be removed easily from paper)
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner May 31, 2016   Traditional Artist
Really? O.o  Never thought about that...and I also never read anyone using it.
I know it's used in the batik technique :nerd: rvmp , but I never knew it could be also for watercolors.
But to get it of paper, it really has to be hard :o (Eek) 

Thank you for sharing your information :D (Big Grin) 
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DarkAsMoonLight Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't mind masking fluid but I avoid it if I can.
I bought a container that has a needle like spout so I don't have to ruin brushes applying it and it's a bit more accurate. I try not to leave it on paper for very long because it's more likely to ruin the paper if it's there too long.
In general i'm not so happy with the harsh edges you get with masking fluid. For me that limits the occasions when I want to use it. If you want to use very free, broad wet-in-wet and reserve some areas it pretty useful.
Something another artists told me is to water down masking fluid with ordinary water. I think that helps save the paper (and brush) but i've not tried it enough to really compare.

I think every watercolourists should try masking fluid once, even if you run away screaming after that!
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Veronnikka Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't really like masking fluid, but I use what they call "rubber cement" and it works perfectly well, it never tears my paper no matter how much I apply. But I also tried some sort of pinkish masking stuff and it's effect was as horrible as it's smell.
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DoodleMaus Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
my teacher used it and it freaked me out. I wanted to use it but the idea of ruining paper... /shudder
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Deingeist Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I can use it, but I just don't use it. That option wasn't on the poll. I can only think of a couple situations where it might be good and mostly in illustration projeccts, but even so, I prefer painting without it.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
I don't master it completely. I'd like to use it for intricate, precise shapes, but my application method is only slightly better than finger painting :P Any tips on how to apply rather ...fluid masking fluid with precision but without ruining a good brush are appreciated.

Anyway, I think it's only useful for super special techniques, like spilling colors all over the page *except* the masked area, and so on. Which means I don't really use it in most of my work.

I no longer have problems with it ripping the paper. I learned to apply it and remove it only when the paper is completely dry, and work with a thin coating rather than blobs, and that does the trick for me.
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Buhaaghule Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I personally love it, I usually use it on my characters in the piece.
But ppl tell me, "Why not use rubber cement?? It's basically the same!"
I feel they definitey arent, and doesn't rubber cement rip paper, even if it's watercolor paper?!
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Jie-n Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
It's always a bit of a gamble if the masking fluid will work with the paper or just rip it, so I'm always a bit anxcious.
Other than that, it can be rather helpful.
:)
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not-quite-right Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I used to use it loads, but the one I have is bad quality and ruins my paper. I prefer white ink now. More precise too.
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endless-spirit Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
You have to see which paper works with it and I just recently read that you should not leave it on the paper for more than two days.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
I've left masking fluid on paper for weeks, if not months, and it was ok. But I only use it on super small areas like snowflakes and similar effects, so there's that.
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endless-spirit Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
The paper is important as well! I just started a very small mushrooms and there some of the masking fluid came of earlier, while stroking with the brush :(
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
wow, that never happened to me. What kind of paper do you use?
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nienor Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I'm just relearning it, but it's pretty fun to play with; I'm using a brand called Da Vinci which doesn't smell too bad. I ruined my brush with it though; I wish I'd thought to use a stylus like :iconk8lag:


We have a pretty good tutorial on it here: [link]
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k8lag Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh - use a rubber cement pick-up for removal of masking fluid and rubber cement.
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k8lag Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I use it for small details. I apply it using a stylus (an embossing stylus) and sometimes a palette knife. Do not put masking fluid on damp paper ever - bad things happen.

use rubber cement for larger areas as I like it better, it removes much easier, and it's way less expensive.

You can also block shapes with friskit film and I have used packing tape as well.
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bcr8tive Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
A stylus is such a good idea for details - thank you for sharing that.

I usually order Cheap Joes Uggly Brushes for masking fluid application. They clean up pretty easy and after some wear and tear you just pull out another brush (Here-> [link] )

I use it sparingly but appreciate that it helps me to retain the true white of the paper without mixing media and I've tried a few different 'out of the box' tests with it that have given me some very cool results -

It's fun too, I like the apprehension of getting ready to remove some to see how things look ツ
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:iconk8lag:
k8lag Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Thank you for mentioning the embossing stylus! I was looking for better application methods. Will have to look into that :)
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k8lag Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome. Hope it works for you.
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abasss Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
It is a great tool, but I haven't mastered it yet. I'm clumsy with both the application and removal.

I wish it didn't smell that bad.
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LittleSeaSparrow Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I never use it...
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cuckooburra Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
not a big fan of it and avoid it, but it's great for details
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Snowy-Ninja Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
I will be honest i am not 100% sure how to use it!
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TheSmall-Stuff Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I had some, never used it on a piece that I finished... then it dried up inside the bottle and I had to throw it out... ^^;
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SometimesIsing Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
sometimes it destroys the paper and it smells bad... but i like the crisp edge it gives usually

but masking tape ftw ^^
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clpritchard Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I agree with ~Nessamh. I only ever use it for small spaces; anything larger and everything looks choppy. And sometimes there's not enough coverage at all, so I get places in the masked area that have paint in them.
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thelittletoybox Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i have heard of masking fluid ( from tutorials on da) but i have never used or come across it in art supplies stores :P
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Endless-Ness Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
Works really nicely for small details, but when I try to cover up larger sections I'm always disappointed... When I remove the fluid the edges are charred as opposed to clean and sharp :(
Maybe I should change brands I dunno...
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gojiramusume Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
same happens to me too, I'd like to know how to apply it so that the edges are clean afterwards.
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