Friday, August 22, 2014

Craft L.A.B: Masking Fluid + Flexible Nib

One of the first things I do in the morning is play with some of my art supplies. It's not a conscious effort; there are just some ideas that need to be executed before I can proceed with my real tasks for the day. :P Sometimes they fail, sometimes they work. In an attempt to document these early morning creative experiments, I'll be posting them under this CraftL.A.B. category.

Today I decided to play with some new and old materials.

I got a new bottle of Dr. Ph. Martin's Frisket Mask Liquid, and instead of ruining a good paintbrush, I used my Brause blue pumpkin nib to apply it on paper.

Masking fluid is white liquid that is applied to mask out / cover up areas of your artwork before you apply a wet wash over the surface. You must allow the masking fluid to dry before applying your wash, and again, you have to wait for the paint wash to dry before gently rubbing off the masking fluid, (which, once dry, will feel like rubber).

I like how I was able to get a calligraphic effect with the fine strokes. The nib works perfectly because it can hold a lot of fluid, and the tip is on the broader side (for a flexible nib), so you don't have to apply so much pressure when applying the mask liquid. Once dry, the dried rubber comes easily off the nib.

I used my vintage guitar watercolor set to mix washes over the masking fluid.