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Title: Question about Masking Fluid
Post by: BeaSue on February 29, 2016, 12:17:31 PM
Although I paint in watercolor, and a little in colored pencil, this seemed to be a good place to pose my question.

I would like to do a collage background for one of my watercolor paintings. I have painted pieces of rice paper with watercolor paint and plan to adhere them to the paper with matte medium. I am wondering if I can protect the places I want to paint with masking fluid. If some of the matte medium gets onto the masking fluid, will the dried fluid still easily lift off?
Title: Re: Question about Masking Fluid
Post by: Danielle123 on March 01, 2016, 05:23:09 AM
Can not help you there Sue. Sorry.
Title: Re: Question about Masking Fluid
Post by: Val on March 01, 2016, 05:25:51 AM
Afraid I can only give you one suggestion.... Experiment!  :crazy2:
Title: Re: Question about Masking Fluid
Post by: dennis on March 01, 2016, 11:49:56 AM
Agree with Val.  Also remember if you are working with gel and some gets onto the clean paper you will not be able to paint over it properly. It will always show up as a lighter mark. I have often used this on purpose. Experiment with that as well as this is the only way one learns and keeps the knowledge obtained this way.
Title: Re: Question about Masking Fluid
Post by: BeaSue on March 02, 2016, 04:03:16 AM
 :thankyou: for your responses. Let the games (experiments) begin!
Title: Re: Question about Masking Fluid
Post by: Val on March 03, 2016, 06:48:16 AM
 :yippee:
Title: Re: Question about Masking Fluid
Post by: BeaSue on March 04, 2016, 04:42:34 AM

Okay. I did a quick little painting yesterday to see how well I could manipulate the elements of collage with matte medium, masking fluid and watercolor.

I used 300 lb cold press paper. First I drew a quick freehand drawing and then I masked all the edges of the areas that I wanted to paint in watercolor. Then I did a background wash of color. When that was was dry, I applied matte medium (gel) to the background, to which I affixed small, torn pieces of stained rice paper, which I then covered with more matte medium. When dry, I removed the masking fluid and painted the areas that I had protected with the masking fluid.

Verdict:  I love the texture effects of the collage, BUT I was frustrated by how limited I was to refine my painting. The matte medium didn't stick to the masking fluid, but its application on the paper adjacent to the masking fluid meant that I could not smooth out the edges, as one does after the fluid is removed. I wanted to do some negative painting on the area that I had collaged but, as Dennis noted, it's difficult to get the desired deep tonal result when painting on top of the matte medium, even with Inktense watercolor pencils, which I also tried. I could make this look better with some negative painting, but I don't consider this a "real" painting, and I have another one I have begun.

So--I still want to use this collage process again, but I will have to plan very carefully so as not to limit my options with the painting. This was fun!
Title: Re: Question about Masking Fluid
Post by: Kathysutterlin on March 04, 2016, 06:23:27 AM
 :clap: Very pretty, BeaSue. I love all the color and the texture.  :clap:
Title: Re: Question about Masking Fluid
Post by: nolan on March 09, 2016, 11:53:29 AM
that is what is fun about experimenting like this, you open up new doors O0 :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: Question about Masking Fluid
Post by: Gita on September 24, 2016, 06:50:52 AM
What fun to do this! Thank you for sharing this experiment BeaSue. O0 O0
Title: Re: Question about Masking Fluid
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 24, 2016, 11:40:33 AM
Susan,

Hmmm... how did I miss this one.  Glad Gita revived the topic.

Love the colors.

Which parts are tissue paper - leaves?

I really like experimenting, too.

aloha

mea