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Watercolor Masking Tutorial by Lithe-Fider Watercolor Masking Tutorial by Lithe-Fider
:heart: FULLVIEW this is a Tutorial! :heart:

About masking with misket fluid on your watercolor paintings. :)

Also tips / advice about color use for shadows and lighting, paper choice, technique, and using under layer colors to create glow.

This is the final image used from this tutorial: [link]

PS: I forgot to say in the tut but I traced my sketch onto my paper using a lightbox and a HB mechanical pencil. I don't recommend sketching on the paper you'll wreck it with all the erasing. :ohnoes: Be LIGHT with your lines.
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PixelatedPanda Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
While I just started using Masking fluid, this gives me a better ideal of how to handle it. I much appreciate this. Especially because it's giving me more confidence to use colors and stray away relying on black.
cowlufoo Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used Incredible White Wash Liquid Frisket and when I took it off, it tore some of the paper :( (I didn't have the remover that it was supposed to come with because someone stole it and I bought it half off)
CharlotteMarieRose Oct 2, 2012
Hiya, I have a question. Would the masking fluid work on regular sketch paper?
the glowing ♥ totally adds a feel to the image. I'm in love.
Echo3110 Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know what.. I wish I knew about this before i started my water colour picture in art class.. The teacher didn't even show us how to use it properly and i ended up stuffing the whole thing up xD
Loftwing Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How did you...well...
Always when i use Masking fluid in my paintings, when i try to peel of it, it just...damage so much the paper...what i can i do? i use Winsor and Newton Masking Fluid...
Cynthia-Blair Dec 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I use masks all the time :D great technique!
but I hate the Windsor-Newton masking fluid! I buy Incredible White Mask liquid frisket or Utrecht brand liquid latex mask, and apply it with different size plastic squeeze bottles, the ones with a tapered tip. It makes great lines and if I need a solid area masked I use the tip of the bottle to smoosh it around to cover the area. (it's basically liquid latex)

No more ruined brushes or having the mask dry too quickly while I'm still applying it. :)

Also the Masque Pen, if anyone has ever used that (a pen-type applicator with a super thin line) if it ever clogs, you can never clean them successfully - at least I never have :( The squeeze bottle technique does basically the same thing, but never clogs, or if it does, the clog is easy to remove.
BeckyPennArt Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
great technique
wolfinmyheart Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I work with masking now, too. The only problem I have is that it sometimes ruins parts of the paper. It'll peel the top layer of the paper along. :(
Got a solution for that? :?
BloodPigs Apr 2, 2011   General Artist
This tutorial is awesome, thank you! I was wondering about using masking fluid but didn't get any because I wasn't too sure how well it would work, yay for things that peel easily like they're supposed to! Love the colors in this. :heart:
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