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Watercolour basics and beyond

Part 11 David Webb continues his series on watercolour techniques with a look at how to use masking fluid



How to apply masking fluid and when

Paint crashing waves on a rocky shoreline

Practise wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques

In the previous issue I talked about lifting out as a way of creating highlights and light areas. I use this method extensively, especially when I am trying to create an overall softness to the painting. It can be quite laborious though so, if you have quite a number of small details to reserve, there are other options available.

Masking fluid is a liquid latex solution, which is used to block out areas to retain the white of the paper (or a previously applied wash). It can be applied to the paper surface in a variety of ways, including painting it on with a brush, using a ruling pen or even a small stick. I usually apply it with a brush, but, a word of warning, masking fluid dries quickly on contact with the air. Once dry, it is difficult to remove it completely from brushes.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the October issue of Leisure Painter. We have a fantastic array of tutorials and techniques to try in this month's issue, from how to use masking fluid with watercolour and how to fill your sketchbook, to step-by-step demonstrations in water-mixable oils, oils, drawing media, acrylics, watercolour and coloured pencils. Learn how to paint animals in wet-in-wet watercolour, draw a detailed study of a badger with coloured pencils and paint wild animals en plein air. Understand how to paint the effects of aerial perspective and how to paint portraits in miniature. This month we also have great pleasure in publishing the award-winning work from this year's Leisure Painter Open Competition. Enjoy your month of painting.