Isn’t masking fluid fun?
Sometimes yes and sometimes no.
This painting of lightning was a great way to study masking fluid techniques, introduce Spectrum Noir Refills and use lifting to get the light right.
I created several videos of the process with beginning inkers in mind.
Here are the videos in a playlist.
Or you can pick which ones to watch here:
Step 1: Tracing From A Reference Photo – This is a chance to see using carbon paper to trace from a reference photo.
Step 2: Protect Your Brush When Masking – It helps to see how much soap and water you should put on your brush to protect it when using masking fluid.
Step 3: Applying Masking Fluid
- With a skewer
- With a brush
- How to know where you’ve masked.
Step 4: Welcome to Spectrum Noir Refills
Spectrum Noir Refills are another brand of alcohol inks. The refills are very intense with little alcohol and have a eye dropper for application. I find them more cost effective than Adirondacks as their list price is $5.95 for 1 ounce vs. $3.49 for 1/2 ounce of Adirondacks. If you have never used them before this will be helpful to watch how they move as I paint in the background. Here’s a link to their colors at Dick Blick.
Step 5: Removing Masking Fluid with Tweezers
Because the lightning lines were so small I used tweezers to pull it up. I found that the metal of the tweezers worked really well and I didn’t have to always pinch to get it off.
If you look at the finished painting there were more steps to take. This is what I did.
I hope this information will be helpful to you.