an easy tutorial using masking fluid

Hey everyone. I hope all my lovely readers are doing great. The lack of posts on the blog lately is because I was on a much needed vacation. It felt good to be back to my home country and I had a splendid time enjoying the monsoons and eating awesome food. However, the vacation extended even after I got back and I just didn’t have the motivation to do any work. I sort of slacked a bit too much I suppose because I realized that as each day passed by, I started getting lazier and lazier. Anyhoo I got my ass up and started working on this blog post in which I’m going to talk all about masking fluid as part of my Watercolor tools,tips and tricks series. So read on further to know how more!

What is masking fluid?
As the name suggests, masking fluid is a substance that is used to mask or block certain areas while doing a watercolor painting. The masking fluid prevents color to be applied on the surface on which it has been used. It is especially effective in masking complicated,small areas where precision is required. In this tutorial, I’ve used Gum Arabic which is also an alternative and works very similar to that of masking fluid. But Gum Arabic can also be used to enhance the luminosity of the painting when added to water while painting which is an added advantage.Alright, so since we’ve got to know what making fluid is, let’s get straight on with the tutorial.

Step 1:I start with drawing a simple outline of an anchor shape. Once I’m happy with the shape, I start filling in the inside with the masking fluid/gum arabic. Make sure you use an old or cheap brush for this purpose and this product can easily damage the bristles.

an easy tutorial using masking fluid
an easy tutorial using masking fluid
Step 2: After the masking fluid dried, I used the wet on wet technique to lay down the paint around the masked area. At this point, it’s ok if the color goes over the masked area. The purpose of the product is so that you don’t have to be super careful about the color seeping into places where you don’t want it to go.
an easy tutorial using masking fluid
Step 3: This is what it looks like when all the paint has been laid down. Now all I did was wait for the paint to dry so that I can get on to removing the masking fluid.
an easy tutorial using masking fluid
Step 4:After the paint dried, I got on to removing the masking fluid using my stick eraser. An eraser is a brilliant tool of removing masking fluid as it does not ruin the paper in the process. You don’t need to use a stick eraser. A regular eraser will also serve the same purpose.
an easy tutorial using masking fluid
Step 5: And here is the finished product. You can either fill in the masked area with any design or color of your choice or just leave it as it is like I’ve done.
an easy tutorial using masking fluid
I really couldn’t stop with just one illustration, so I went to do one more but this time masking small heart shapes al around. At this point, I also learned that you don’t need to use the product directly but that it can be diluted for it to be more workable.
an easy tutorial using masking fluid
I love the pattern the pinks and yellows formed in this picture and I had so much fun playing with these colors.
an easy tutorial using masking fluid
As explained earlier, I started removing the masking fluid using an eraser.
an easy tutorial using masking fluid
I added the word “j’aime” with my gold sharpie marker. It’s one of my favorite french word/sentence and I felt it went quite well with the heart themed idea.
an easy tutorial using masking fluid
an easy tutorial using masking fluid
And now for a quick look at all the materials I’ve used – 1.Fuji colors 2.Cold pressed watercolor paper 3.Pallette 4.Tuff Stik eraser 5.Paintbrush 6.Pencil 7.W/N Graphigum
an easy tutorial using masking fluid
I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you would like to see more watercolor tips , be sure to follow the links below. There are plenty of goodies to learn from them.

What do you think?

How did you like this tutorial? Do you think you could make use of that masking fluid lying around for a simple illustration? Let me know what you think in the comments below. Let’s chat shall we?
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About zakkiya hamza @ inkstruck

Zakkiya is the creative blogger and founder of Inkstruck Studio. Sheโ€™s a self taught artist who let go of her architecture profession to pursue her passion in art. Zakkiya likes to write detailed tutorials in watercolor, calligraphy, and hand lettering. She also teaches watercolor workshops occasionally in Doha where sheโ€™s based currently. Other passions include traveling, photography, and basketball.When sheโ€™s not working, you can find her cuddling and running around with her toddler boy.


  1. Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚ . Yes crayon wax will act as a barrier between the paper and the watercolor but it is sort of permanent. As in you can’t redraw over the part where crayon wax has been used unlike masking fluid where you can remove it and then start filling in paint inside .

  2. I’ve been dying to try watercolors! Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for linking up at the Outside [The Box] Link Party!

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