Using Masking Fluid to preserve white spaces can be a challenge when what you want to preserve is a very fine line like cat whiskers or a spider web. I saw a video on pinterest where a lady used masking fluid on a spider web¹ using a different fluid for each quadrant with watercolor. I also saw a video Karen Walker made using Pebeo drawing gum as masking fluid.²
Time for a challenge.
I found a neat spider web picture and traced it onto a 9 x 12 piece of Yupo.
Then I proceeded to mask the web using the following masking fluids:
The size of the brush made a difference. Even though I used the same brush, and it was small, and the lines were still too thick.
The hypodermic needle was a mess.
The Fineline flow was consistent and very fine.
The colorant was important to see what was masked and what wasn’t.
- Pebeo – gray
- Fineline – green
- Incredible white – white
- Daler Rowney – yellow
The clear winner for me was the Fineline Masking Fluid. The unique top has a pin it in to always keep the narrow tip clear. I have used a Masque pen in the past and really liked it until I needed to keep a beading pin in it to keep it from drying out. Now I can’t get the pin out.
After the masking fluid was dry, I applied alcohol ink – Nature Walk series consisting of Raspberry, Pebble and Clover. (Click on image to enlarge)
I used a rubber cement pick up to wipe off all of the masking fluid
So thank you, Fineline. You come in both an 18 gauge and a 20 gauge tip. I’ve ordered a 20 gauge tip so it will be neat to see what that does.
To see the differences, click below:
I invite you to watch the videos for more commentary and details:
It’s in two parts: Applying the fluid and Paint and Reveal.