Using Masking Fluid With Watercolors

Have you ever tried painting a background in a watercolor piece only to find out it's REALLY tricky to try to hug the lines of the space you want to keep white? With this masking fluid tutorial, you can keep the space you want to keep white while painting a wash right over it.

You'll need:

-a watercolor set (I used my Winsor and Newton Cotman Set)

-watercolor paper

-a long round brush

-Masking Fluid I used

(another option for masking fluid)

(yet another option)

-A Pencil, water, and a paper towel

First, pencil in what you want to keep white. In this instance, I am going to mask off the word "Pride." You'll see where I've been using the brush to apply the liquid mask. It's a funky orange color and a little hard to put onto tiny spaces. But doable! I thicken the downstrokes (yay faux-calligraphy) and go really lightly one time through on the upstrokes. Other options including masking pens, which I've heard are good for lettering. TBD.

After you've applied the masking fluid, let it dry for at least 10 minutes. See the tutorial below for the following steps. Apply watercolor to your brush and then to paper. Once you have your wash down, let it completely dry before picking off the masking fluid. I use an eraser or the remainder of previous masking fluid chunks.

(Think like the rubber cement balls you used to make in middle school....oh, that was only me? My parents thought I was sniffing glue when it reality, I just liked picking the glue off my desk. Oh well, I digress....)

You'll notice I filled in some of the spaces that bled a bit with my white Posca Marker.

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