Making a mess with masking fluid

26 July 2017

Do you ever just get the urge and itch to do something? No, I don't mean eat a whole tub of ice cream, I mean let out some creative energy. I can't remember where I saw someone using masking fluid, but I knew I wanted to give it a go. You use it, ta-da, to mask off areas of a surface that you don't want paint etc to touch.

It's not something I've used before so there was a brief learning curve. Masking fluid itself smells a lil' fishy (what art medium aside from paint doesn't smell rancid?), is reasonably runny, and a little will go a long way.

I tried using it in a couple of different ways, splattering it everywhere with a paintbrush, using different types of paintbrushes to give different stroke effects, and soaking a paintbrush so I could create larger drips and dots.

In order to paint over the masking fluid, you need to let it dry first. For smaller and thinner areas this can take a couple of minutes, thicker areas can take longer. It can be used over dry paper or over dry paint, just make sure when you start that the surface you're putting it on is 100% dry. You can paint over it with pretty much whatever you want, though it's commonly used with watercolours.

Having just purchased a new set of watercolours I went a little wild and tried most of them out, but ended up creating a kind of space-like-ish scene with blues, purples and reds.

When the watercolour was dry - and completely dry or you'll smudge everything - I rubbed off the masking fluid with my fingers. You could also use a rubber but that's decisively less fun. With an area like the stroke in the right-hand corner, you could also peel it off, but be careful if you're using a thinner paper.

I enjoyed this little experiment and I'll no doubt be using it again soon. I'm thinking of using it with some watered down neon acrylic paint next time - keep an eye on my Instagram stories.

Enjoy some Kiiara

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