Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Applying masking fluid

One tip I gave a while ago....here's the blog post on RUINED BRUSHES USING MASKING FLUID - click the link.

But another question arises when actually putting masking fluid onto the paper and what to use to apply it (other than brushes).   The answer is, almost anything goes.  If you find the edge of an old store/credit card works, then use it.   The same goes for cotton buds, cocktail sticks.  If you need to cover an area in preparation for sparkly water reflections, then an old toothbrush with masking fluid on it works well too.   Just make sure you leave it to dry completely before continuing with your painting, that rule always applies when using masking fluid.

How to actually apply it....You can put it straight onto dry paper.  But one tip I like is for SOFT EDGES and that isn't so difficult with masking fluid.   Just wet the paper with clear water beforehand...not Just the area you want to be left clear of paint either...you need to apply the water further than you intend....add the Masking fluid and wait for it all to dry....when you have finished the painting and remove the masking, you will have a soft edge,  the clear water will have done its job.

Sorry I have no pictures of this.  I'm out of masking fluid at the moment!!!   When I have some more, I will do a picture blog post to show the results of soft edges using masking, but hope this helps in the meantime.










8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tip. I havent had much luck with masking fluid. :(

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    1. Yes, it can be awkward stuff to use. A case of practice practice with it, that way you find the tool for applying that works best for you.

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  2. Thanks, Ann, great tips!!! I never thought of using masking fluid on a wet surface, have to try that. I am also out of masking fluid at the moment, but I'll give it a try soon. :)

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    1. I love little tips like this as much as the next person Judy --- it's just nice to pass them on :-)

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  3. Molotow makes masking liquid markers. They are fantastic, I use them a lot in my pattern paintings. No brushes or other tools needed or ruined. ;-)

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    1. Now that sounds great fun to use...I'll look these up, might find them in an online art store here, or through Amazon I'm guessing.

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  4. Hi Ann. I don't use brushes to mask. I prefer to use rubber brushes, they're easy to clean with towel paper or a piece of cloth. And is easy to use them.
    Hugs!

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    1. Hi Sonia, that's a great tip of yours. Thanks so much for adding this :-)

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