Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Masking
Fluid For Watercolor
And Acrylic Painting.
What is Masking Fluid?
- Its actually Latex, the liquid rubber that
runs out of rubber trees in the tropics
How is Masking Fluid Made?
- Some brands have additives. MaskKing fluid
has quite a few.
- Most noticeable is ammonia. Its there to
give the product maximum shelf life.
- There is a very little bit of non-staining
color; just so you know what areas you have
already masked. Without the color, you will
never see a little skip in the mask until its
- Flow promoting agents to help get the fluid
into sharp points.
- Stabilizers to retard coagulation in the
- Barrier materials to prevent excessive adhesion
to the paper.
- and a thickener added to make the flow a
little more controllable.
When should I use Masking Fluid?
There are a lot reasons why you would want to
protect an area of the painting. Here are a few
- Protect the petals of the flowers. Don't
forget the stalks.
- Paint the background, then remove the mask.
Finally, paint in the blanks.
- Mask out lines to suggest light blades of
grass among the darker blades.
- One of my favorites. I sometimes use utility
poles and electric wires to give a feeling of
connectedness in a painting. Dark wires against
a light sky is easy, but light wires against
a dark background requires masking fluid.
- Scatter little dots of masking fluid over
the surface of a winter scene. When the painting
is finished, remove the mask. Itís snowing.
- Well placed specks of mask will be white
flowers when a painting is done and the mask
removed. A touch of color and you have yellow,
- Mask the foam on the crest of waves
- Triangles of masking fluid become sailboats.
- Whether human or animal, eyes seems wrong
without the little dot of a reflected light
source. Its so easy with masking fluid.
I use masking Fluid?
- The most important thing is how not to use
- Never use it with a good brush.
- Artists have tricks to hopefully keep a brush
safe while using masking fluids.
- Donít take a chance.
- Sooner or later (usually sooner), that $50.00
brush is going to become a 2¢ stick.
A favorite trick which is going around
- Artists dip the brush into soapy water before
dipping it into masking fluid.
- The reason this works is that the mask never
touches the bristles.
- They are full of soapy water.
- The masking fluid is only carried on the outside
of the brush.
- You would almost get the same results using
the handle end of the brush..
Use A "MaskKing"©
It works like a marker. Stroking the broad way will
make nice thick lines. The long way can make extremely
thin ones. You can also cover a lot of paper fast.
cleanup masking Fluid pen?
- The Quill washes clean
- Rinse the tip inside and out with water.
- Poke out the nib with the included probe.
Suppose I didn't clean
- Here is the best part. If you donít clean
the tip, NO PROBLEM.
- The next time you want to use it, just pick
off the congealed mask.
- If some mask gets stuck it the little slot,
poke the probe in and pull the mask out.
can buy the pen here.
there any other ways to use masking fluid.
You bet there are, they are just more difficult.
Before I invented the MaskKing pen I had some
- For a little spot, use a toothpick.
- An eraser on the back of a pencil made bigger
- A Q-Tip makes a decent throw away brush for
a somewhat larger area.
- For really big areas pour some liquid mask
on the paper and trowel it around with a credit
- There is one masking job that you don't use
my pen for. Flicking spots to make snow. That
goes great with a toothbrush. Just remember
to use and old one. Even that will get ruined.
If you are interested in some of my deeper painting
thoughts, let me refer you
HERE. Scroll down a few inches
to What I am trying to achieve and how I try
to do it.
Regards and keep painting,
The "MaskKing Pen"
is patent pending.