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I spent the day in the studio - painting fireworks. It was lots of fun since I recently learned several great hints that make using masking fluid much easier.
- Use a synthetic brush that you have dedicated to Masking Fluid usage because it will destroy your good watercolor brushes.
- Have a small jar of water with a little bit of dish soap in it. Dip your brush in this before you use the masking fluid and rinse it often in this while you are working. If you stop for a short time, put your brush in this water until you resume working.
- Wash your brush out immediately when you are through applying the masking fluid.
- Stirring your masking fluid instead of shaking it will stop all of the splashy bubbles from happening. Duh.
- Use a rubber cement pickup to remove the masking fluid. It works like an eraser to pick up all of the little bits of masking fluid. I had painted lots of fine lines and little dots and it worked great to get all of the masking fluid removed.
|3 paintings with masking fluid on them + 1 Rubber Cement Pickup = Easy Clean Up!|
|watercolor paintings with the masking fluid removed|
After I removed the masking fluid, I added a little *fireworks color* to one of the paintings.
|Fireworks - original watercolor work in progress|
Now that I find the Art Masking Fluid easier to work with, I have been having a bit of fun with it and doing a little more experimenting.
I had reserved some white highlights with the masking fluid before I started painting. Now, I have reserved some mid tones, too, by painting the masking fluid over areas that I have already painted. I will continue to do this as I develop the character of the rough wood.
I learned a few other tips, too:
- Don't put masking fluid on wet paper because, when everything dries, it will tear the paper when you remove it.
- Leave your masking fluid on the paper until you have finished the painting or are ready to paint the masked area. That way you won't have to reapply it should you change your mind.
- You can leave your masking fluid on for a while, but there is a point at which it will adhere itself permanently to the paper. Note to self: Don't put these paintings away and forget about them...
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