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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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tadpolecrafts Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, this is really helpful!!
PixelatedPanda Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Hiya, I have a question. Would the masking fluid work on regular sketch paper?
o-ccupied Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
the glowing ♥ totally adds a feel to the image. I'm in love.
Echo3110 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
great technique
wolfinmyheart Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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 Featured By Owner 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:
piire Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
what is this magical misket of which you speak of?
this is a really good tutorial, it is practical and even try-hard amateurs like me wouldn't fail with this technique. Thank you very much for this :3
Lithe-Fider Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
it's like watered down rubber cement, you can buy it at art stores! It's also called masking fluid. :3 Your very welcome!
piire Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
I saw it in the art store near my place its P300 =_=
apfelkatze Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Amazing, thank you very much!
I didn't know that there is something like such a masking fluid! :O
So cool!
Rhaine-Harlequin Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Student
thank you very much! This is such a great tutorial! Its very helpful! :)
FuckPsychoSketch Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010

Are those in any art places?

And what did you mean when draw "lighter line" on paper when painting? Why not dark?

Thanks for thinking of magic! (:
Violently-Chaotic Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you should be able to find them in the art stores.

darker lines are harder to get rid of where you can work with 'lighter' lines and increase the tensity once you know that's what you want. same goes with water colors when you paint with them.
knuckles476 Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Honestly i never knew that you could do such a thing :D
tunacrepe Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
whats the warnings on that stuff ?
Lithe-Fider Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
'don't eat it' I guess. XD
tunacrepe Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
patty-space Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice tutorial. Very helpful indeed. Thanks for taking the time to share it..:)
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Did you know:
If you wet a brush and then work liquid handsoap into the bristles before using the misket, it'll will wash right off? (of course, you need to wash the brush thoroughly as soon as you finish masking your painting - if it dries, it's as dead a brush as one used without the soap prep.)

Also, if you wind up with a brush that's got some misket residue dried on it, a good scrubbing in Master's Brush Restorer and Cleaner will actually render it as goos as new? I swear by that stuff, it is seriously magical - I have restored brushes that were solid with dried oils ._.

Together, these things save so much money - even those shitty packs of childrens' plastic brushes add up after a while.

zea-LOUSY Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Brush Restorer !!! :worship:
Now how the hell can I get those ?

little town, little town ..
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You can try online - [link] and [link] are both great.
zea-LOUSY Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
Poniepolka Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome tut, where do you get the masking fluid?
naomiichan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
great tutorial!!
I like your painting
hitachiin-lawliet Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Student Filmographer
oh! very useful :D i bought something like that masking thing u have, but dont understand how to use D:! it says iris cement that is for artistic jobs and looks a little transparent, used an old brush to put that thing [was testing how to use] in a plastic and i let dry but i cant see it very well! is a little layer and is not useful. do i have to apply more layers of that?
Rewryy Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
'Couple of things- First of all, you should mention to NEVER USE OLD MASKING FLUID :c

I just did. It ruined my painting. Ruined.

Secondly, do you recommend mixing the fluid with water? Some people do that, but I worry.
Feonalily Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
whoaaa wait D:
i'm new to this masking fluid stuff. how am i suppose to know if its old or not? and what does it do to you're painting?
Rewryy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Well hmmm. I used some older masking fluid and you really can't tell until after you stir it and you notice that it's still not liquid-looking. The older stuff just won't rub off as well and might stick to your paper. If it does come off, it might take the drawing underneath with it. D:

but yeah, you should be fine, depending on where you bought it and how often you use it.
Feonalily Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
oh snap. thanks for the advice o_o;
Lithe-Fider Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
The fluid is not water soulble ot my knowledge, it'd be pointless if it was cause then the WATERcolors would probably dissolve it and it'd not do it's job. :3 It's like rubber cement, which I know you can't mix with water. Just don't put it on too thick, then it can not come off properly.

I'm sorry to hear that :( I didn't think to mention that cause I'd hope people who do art at this level would figure to test an old / questionable looking art supply first before using it on an actual piece X3 I hope you have better luck next time!! ^_^
Rewryy Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Damn. Ahahahaha, my fault! Thanks for the help! Jeez, I guess I need to try that one again. 'Doh!
VixenTFox Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
I can't draw/paint/anything artistic at all... but it was interesting... :D
SnowpirateRoy Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
:3 Very useful <3 I just bought some masking fluid and hope to use it soon ;w;.~
MoonMaiden37 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
o.o wow you're really good with watercolors...
tails-sama Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never heard of such fancy art wizardry! I always had trouble with watercolors running all over the place on me anyway..but was a fun read.
jenasu Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
Wow, that stuff seems SUPER handy. o: *did not know such a thing existed*

Bah, you and your amazing EVERY MEDIA EVER skills. *jealousface*
You are like the freaking Batman of the art world. :XD:
amorphious Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
ha! I love it! The lil faces are awesome!
Kyuui Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
oooh my gosh thank you.
How much does that masking stuff cost?
Lithe-Fider Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Like 10-12 bucks for that little bottle. :U But it lasts forever (I've only ever owned the one bottle. XD ). Also DO make sure to spend the extra dollars for a good brand like shown, the cheap stuff doesn't last as long and does not come off as clean. :)
toboeslovingwolf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
=A= cheap stuff. Bah. I used cheap stuff in my art class for a watercolor painting of a forest of aspen trees. It did not come off easy and clean and I was a lil upset by that.

XD Guess when I get money and a job I'll have to buy me some o the good stuff.

:3 Thanks for the tutorial, btw.
Kyuui Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
That's not too bad. I didn't know this suff existed, and it's a great help. Thank you!
Tori-Inazuma Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow awesome tutorial!
I forgot all about that stuff!
Thanks for sharing =)
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