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13 Easy Watercolor Techniques, Tips, & Tricks

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Step 11: How To Remove And Make The Most Out Of Masking Fluid


As the masking fluid and paint on top should be dry by now, you can remove the masked area with the rubber cement pick-up. If you don’t have one, a normal eraser will work too. Just be careful to remove everything without damaging the paper or removing the paint as well.

Due to the protective layer of masking fluid, the white of the paper will show through. Note that this technique always creates hard edges for the shape you’ve masked off, so use this effect accordingly. For example, soft clouds should be done wet-on-wet and not with masking fluid. You can keep experimenting to see the effects you can create with this handy tool, and keep record of the results.