Masking Alternative

by Dale Watson
(San Jose, Costa Rica)

I live in a country where art materials are in short supply. You can buy masking fluid here - 2 shops stock it and it's all from the same shipment - I think from 1968. Just joking, but it is solid latex, unusable.


I have tried several alternatives with no success until I thought of using the tacky putty (Bluetack) used to hang posters. I took tiny pieces of the putty (for my tiny white flowers), stuck it in the centre of the flower and pressed it into the shape I wanted with the sharp point of a knife. The resulting painting was a disappointment due to my lack of skill but the masking worked perfectly :D

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Thanks for tip
by: Val, Zambia

I am in the same "boat" also only have one supplier of art goods, and find that the masking fluid does not last in the heat, and all I get is a sticky mess....will def try out your tip, we call the stuff - "Sticky Stuff" and it is always available. thanks for the tip

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Masking Alternative
by: Barbara

Sounds good to me... I'll give this one a go

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Removing Masking Fluid From A Brush

by carol cox
(UK)

I found that dishwasher powder removes masking fluid from bristles.

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How to Remove Dried Masque from Brushes

by Tina
(San Diego, Ca)

I used Goo Gone household cleaner to remove stubborn dried masque (masking fluid) from my brush which still had accumulated the gunk despite being dipped in soap first. Make sure you rinse it off well with soap and water to remove the residue of the Goo Gone.

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A technique to enhance miskit (masking fluid)

by Dorothy Fade
(Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada.)

Put some masking fluid on the paper, then spray it with an atomizer (fine spray). Let it dry, then paint over it. when you remove it, you will have a unique look unobtainable in any other way. If you want a more gutsy effect, use your spray bottle and really blast the stuff around. Wash after wash done this way will astound you with its lovely accents.

You can also use the arsenal of things you have around, like paper towels, tissues, towels, etc. to plat at the masking fluid.

ONLY USE TOOLS YOU CAN AFFORD TO LOSE.

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Applying Masking Fluid

by Gordon Nordstrom
(Scotts Valley, CA USA)

I think I learned this from "Leisure Painter" magazine. I have always found using a brush to apply masking fluid frustrating if not disasterous to the brush. Now I use small bird feathers that one can usually find quite easily on the ground.

I use the "quill" tip for intricate items, like flowers in a bush, etc. At times I have also used a toothpick but prefer the feather tip end.

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Feather
by: Jane Anne

Brilliant idea!! Thank you.

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Great idea here!
by: Anonymous

I got such a kick out of this idea that I went out wandering around the area we live in looking for a bird feather....Can't find a single one....I give up. :) It's a good idea though...and in fact, when I find a feather or two I'm going to try actually painting with one. I think it would have a beautiful effect!

Maureen

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Feather
by: Peggy

How cool!!!! I know I never would have thought of anything like that. I was thinking about using toothpicks, also. Going to look for a feather tomorrow!!!!! Thanks.

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Masking

by Carol
(Notts, UK)

If you want to just temporarily mask a small area try the sticky end of a post-it note.

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Keeping brushes clean when using masking fluid

by Steve
(New Zealand)

Here's a tip I learned from my watercolor teacher at university. When you're using a brush to put masking fluid on the paper, dip it into a little dish washing liquid first then into the masking fluid.

It keeps the fluid from setting on the bristles and washes right off after you're done. I never use good brushes when I'm doing it though - just in case something happens!

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It dose work
by: robert smith

Very ture putting some type of soap on your brush helps stop masking fluid getting right down into the brisles i just use a bar of soap that i keep in my art box.

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Easy no mess way to apply liquid mask

by Julie
(Beaver, Oklahoma)

Use the eye end of a large darning needle to apply liquid masking fluid.

Darning needles are 3 to 3 1/2" long and have close to a 1/2" eye.

The eye acts as a reservoir and you can control whether you want thin or thick lines. I've never gone back to using a brush. Clean the eye by just pulling the mask out.

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will test
by: artester

I like the idea of the 'reservoir' . Will try it and let you know how it works.

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When using Masking Fluid

by Gail Runciman-Nicholls
(Victoria, Australia.)

Work a drop of dishwashing liquid deterent into the bristles of your brush, shaping it as required, BEFORE dipping into the Masking Fluid. After placing your masking marks where required; rinse your brush immediately, re-dress the brush as before. It is now ready to be used at a later date.

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Make your own masking fluid

by carolyn
(Berkshire)

Copydex mixed with with water = masking fluid

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what is copydex?
by: Anonymous

where do you get copydex?

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copydex
by: Bill L.

Where do you purchase copydex in the U.S.?

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Make your own Masking Fluid
by: Anonymous

Well... once I purchased approx a pint of latex Tear Mender to repair torn clothing, or to apply to patches. I tried using it as masking fluid, and it worked quite well. Do a search on internet for "Tear Mender". In reality, it is simply liquid latex.

Hmm.. I wonder if knicking a rubber tree plant would yield enough liquid latex for a painting???

jmdarlack@yahoo.com

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A Few Questions Please
by: Anonymous

Can I use rubber cement instead of Copydex? What is Copydex? What amounts do I use?

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masking fluid for murals on canvas
by: chopper

Does anyone have any ideas about masking fluid for canvas,
would copyddex do or what about latex, any suggestions
more than welcome
kind regards
nick

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Ratio
by: carolyn

Hi, Copydex is made by Pritt and is a solvent free adhesive. It is suitable for use a range of different materials from paper to metals and texiles.
When I have used it instead of masking fluid, I put a small blob onto a plate and carefully drip almost the same amount of water onto it mixing as each droplet lands making sure that it not too runny - if it does just add another drop of copydex.
It rubs off the watercolour paper when dry just like masking fluid. I have not tried leaving it on for days but that is not to be advised with masking fluid anyway.

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copydex
by: Anonymous

Can you please tell me what copydex is have never heard of it here,probably goes under another name Thanks for the tip, Cheers Joyce

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Masking fluid
by: Betty R

I would love to be able to make my own masking fluid but I have never heard of copdex. What is it and where can I find it?

Thanks in advance,
Betty

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Make your own Masking fluid
by: Joy in Australia

Please can you tell me what ratio water to copydex for the masking fluid????
THnaks in advance
Joy in Australia

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is Copydex available in the USA?
by: J in NYC

hi, Pritt doesnt' seem to sell their Copydex product in the US. anyone know where i can buy it in New York City? many thanks, J.

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