How to use Art Masking Fluid

This is an easy introduction to what Art Masking fluid is, what it is used for and more importantly how to use it.


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What is Masking Fluid?
Art masking fluid is a pigmented liquid composed of rubber latex and pigment, for masking areas of work needing protection when colour is applied in broad washes.


What are the different types of Masking Fluid?
There are two types: Art Masking Fluid and Colourless Art Masking Fluid.


What is it used for?
Art masking fluid is used when you want the freedom to apply broad colour washes across your painting surface but do not want the colour wash to cover key details within the piece.

Unlike Permanent Masking Medium, which is intermixable with water colours, you apply Art Masking Fluid directly on the paper. It can be applied to white paper or previously coloured areas, and it acts like skin over those areas you want to protect from the colour wash. Once you have finished applying the colour wash you can simply remove the Art Masking Fluid.


Art Masking Fluid


1. Shake the bottle before use.

2. Do not use on wet or damp paper.

3. Use gelatin surface sized paper, this helps to prevent the fluid from adhering too strongly to the paper.

4. Use old brushes or dip pens to avoid damaging valuable brushes.

5. Wash brushes in soapy water immediately after use.

6. Ensure fluid is dry before applying colour wash.

7. Do not leave fluid on paper for long periods of time.

8. If spilt by accident, wash item immediately in soapy water. Once dry, the latex can only be removed by picking at it or rubbing with an eraser. Unfortunately there are no solvents available.

9. Use Colourless Art Masking Fluid if there is any risk of staining from the pigmented Art Masking Fluid.


To see a working example of how to use the Art Masking Fluid, watch the Daler Rowney video below:



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