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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love the pattern the pinks and yellows formed in this picture and I had so much fun playing with these colors.
As explained earlier, I started removing the masking fluid using an eraser.
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.
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
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.
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