Using masking fluid with watercolors

I’ve tried to use masking fluid many times with varying degrees of success. The best type to use is colored (usually blue) as it is easier to see when dry. I decided to make an art card based on Egyptian hieroglyphics that I’d seen at the British Museum. See below for a step-by-step guide and for where to buy a masquepen.

You will need:

  • masking fluid
  • watercolor paper
  • watercolor brushes
  • brushes

Step-by-step guide to using masking fluid with watercolors

Verdict for this project

The Masquepen Art Masking Fluid is difficult to control and the fluid tends to flow out more quickly from the nib than I wanted it to. At times air got trapped in the bottle, which meant that it blew out bubbles making it difficult to draw a fine line. Practise on a sheet of scrap paper first.

Pros: The masking fluid is blue and is easy to see on white paper. The Masquepen Art Masking Fluid offers a way of drawing with masking fluid which doesn’t ruin your brushes.

Cons: The Masquepen’s nib is very fragile and could easily be damaged. The lid is also fiddly to place back on. Air can get trapped in the bottle and blow out bubbles. The liquid tends to flow very quickly producing big puddles if you aren’t careful.

Other pages of interest

A visit to the British Museum

2 Comments on Using masking fluid with watercolors

  1. sarah
    July 28, 2010 at 9:14 pm (7 years ago)

    and this is supposed to be an example of great art? really? it the pen is so great can we see a real artist using it?

    • Diane
      July 28, 2010 at 9:46 pm (7 years ago)

      thanks for your comment. The name of the website is!