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Watercolor Painting: Masking Fluid

Mandala painted in watercolors using frisket as a resist.

the final painting, frisket removed (see video below)

the page painted with watercolors over frisket

design drawn in frisket, still wet

5.5x8.5" exacompta drawing journal, watercolor

The mandala was "drawn" with frisket. This experiment was inspired by Stephanie in Creating with Intention at Spiritual Evolution of the Bean. Stephanie is an incredible freehand mandala artist whose work you should explore.

The experiment. I drew the design in frisket, using the tip of the container to create the lines. Let it dry overnight. When I had a little time I set up the watercolors. Even later in the day I had a chance to paint the page with watercolors. Pretty random. This isn't watercolor paper - so the watercolors aren't as rich as could be.

I used Schminke blue masking fluid aka frisket, which comes in a bottle with a tip for drawing. I shook the container aggressively but unwanted air bubbles came out in a gurgle as I worked. So shake just lightly. It can be applied with a brush for a thinner line, but apparenty that can seriously gunk up your brush so use a junk brush. [For those with sensitivities, it has a slight chemical odor and contains latex.]

What's next? More experiments of course. I envision using a tiny brush to draw delicate polks dots or thin lines within doodles, and a mandala on watercolor paper... what would you do with frisket?

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Reader Comments (8)

What an eye-catcher! And so beautiful!

12.5.2010 | Unregistered CommenterNofretiri

so so amazing.. you inspire me w/ every blog post.. I never wud hv known this stuff existed if not for you.. hugs

12.5.2010 | Unregistered Commenterbonnierose

Nofretiri, There really is so much potential with this masking fluid. I love the look too.

Bonnie Rose, I've been studying the massive Dick Blick Catalog. More experiments en route!

~ Tammy

12.7.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

I have always wanted to try frisket but I have not. It looks like it acts similar to rubber cement but has more height- better performance. It will be on my list. Good video- helpful

12.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Wow, that is so, so gorgeous. I love your work!

01.1.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

I am going to go play with frisket RIGHT NOW! :-D What a great post, thank you so much for sharing it!

I love the Spiritual Evolution of the Bean's site so much. Mandalas are such a big theme in my own art, and I love the lovely freehanded imprecise yet soulful way she makes hers.

01.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRainy

I hope I can find Frisket... Schminke actually sounds German so maybe I'll get lucky on this one!! Thanks for sharing this cool tool... best wishes for your happy creations, tj

04.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTJ

I tried it in a dip pen as my first ICAD project. It worked great! You can see it on my blog on June 3 if you're interested.

06.7.2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan King

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