Really? Never thought about that...and I also never read anyone using it. I know it's used in the batik technique , but I never knew it could be also for watercolors. But to get it of paper, it really has to be hard
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
BuhaaghuleFeatured By OwnerJul 16, 2012Hobbyist 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?!
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
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.
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...