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Masking Fluid (Liquid Frisket) Watercolor Technique

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Sketch before applying masking fluid or liquid frisket

Materials and a little drawing

This tutorial shows the use of liquid frisket to create light objects on a dark backgrounds and repetitive patterns.

MATERIALS: Arches #140 CP watercolor paper, Incredible White Mask Liquid Frisket, masking tape, a #6 Liquitex synthetic Basic round (for frisket use only), Grumbacher 1″ flat red sable, Kalish Kolinsky Red Sable #8 round, and a Kolonok #4 round Kolinsky red sable brush. …and a blow-dryer, a scrap of paper and a square of artist’s crepe rubber.

COLORS (various manufacture): Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Alizarin Crimson, Dioxazine Purple, Cobalt Blue, Pthalocyanine Blue, Pthalocyanine Green, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna. Colors chosen are transparent and semi-transparent.

A stark yellow pear on a dark background and checkered tablecloth became the subject matter.

To help demonstrate this watercolor technique, I drew a simple in-your-face composition in #2 pencil.