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
Step-by-step guide to using masking fluid with watercolors
Ptashepses hieroglyphics, Egyptian Room, British Museum, London
I based my art card on a tablet showing hieroglyphics seen at the Egyptian rooms of The British Museum, London, England.
This is a detail of a false door of Ptashepses. Don’t ask me what a false door is for or who Ptashepses was. That’s what it said on the label and not much else. I was attracted to it because of the face and the snail.
You can buy masking fluid and use it with a brush, but I decided to try a Masquepen.
The Masquepen is basically a container of blue masking fluid with a device at the top that can be used as a pen. You have to rotate and pull the top off to reveal the nib. The nib I used measured 0.8mm. The lid has a stainless steel pin that stops the masking fluid from bunging up the pen.
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.