Fearless Friday, “Nesting”

Have you ever used masking fluid or frisket when you’re painting with watercolor?

I have a bottle that’s who knows how old…

I usually just work around the areas I want to keep white

Somehow I got it in my head that masking fluid was too much trouble…

Uh, no, it’s super easy and fun to use!

This is the photo I painted from,

using the masking fluid to cover the highlight areas

of the glass, nest, and flowers

I didn’t sketch the whole subject,

just a few light pencil lines to mark the sides of the glass

The masking fluid is the yellowish areas on the paper

A close up is below

Apply the masking fluid with an inexpensive or old brush,

it’s like glue so it can ruin good brushes

I try to rinse my brush with hot water and soap immediately after application

I applied a light aqua wash over the whole glass area

The dark green spots are where the wash puddled on top of the masked areas

Next I added a few darker areas in the glass and placed the nest on top

Next came stems and a branch and one yellow flower

with the washes again puddling on the masked areas

I painted in the rest of the flowers with loose shapes

Darker tones of brown and green were added to the branches, nest and stems,

and darker aqua to the glass and water

A small shadow from the glass really starts to bring this to life

More darks on the glass and in the water

Green leaves sprung up among the flowers

I detailed the blooms with darker petals and added green to the branches

I enlarged the cast shadow and dropped some of the colors into it for interest

The masking fluid was removed leaving a few large white areas

I used a rubber cement pickup to remove the masking fluid

It is the square eraser type object in the photo below

Arrows point to the areas that were masked in this painting

Once the masking fluid is removed,

you can soften any areas that are too white with a soft color wash if needed

“Nesting” 9″ x 12″ on watercolor paper

It’s fun to try something new and

Be Fearless!

Juicy Details

Windsor & Newton Art Masking Fluid for watercolor here

Residue Eraser here

You can also get a Art Ruling Pen for applying masking fluid lines, which I haven’t tried, but I want to!

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33 Responses to “Fearless Friday, “Nesting””
  1. SO beautiful, both the flower and the painting! You seriously should sell your stuff on ebay.

  2. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, you have such a gift! Your painting is beautiful! I hope you and your family have a happy Easter!

  3. I love masking fluid. I probably don’t use it as often as I should and just realized that I kind of forget about it — and should have used it on a pesky pet portrait I did last week. Ah well. You gave me a good reminder! This is lovely.

    Happy Spring and Easter Week!

  4. Rosie M. says:

    Pure magic, Jenna! As a totally unartistic person, it is such a treat to learn about the “tricks of your trade”. So, would you say that “masking fluid” acts just like “masking tape” does when one is painting walls? I’ve never heard of it before. I love your latest piece of art. How perfect for this time of year when everything is blooming and saying “Spring has sprung”! Have a wonderful Easter,

    • Yes, same concept! The challenge of watercolor for me is painting from light to dark, pretty much the reverse of what I do with acrylic where you can come back and add highlights last. The masking fluid ensures you will have those wonderful highlights when your painting is finished. I hope you have a lovely Easter Rosie!

  5. Martha says:

    Your talent never ceases to amaze me!

  6. So pretty! I love watching the step-by-step that makes it look effortless!

  7. I had heard of masking fluid, but wasn’t sure how to use it. Thanks for the master’s class! You’ve taught me something new.

  8. CoCo says:

    Love both of these so much! You are super talented and I really appreciate you sharing your step by step process too. Painting always looks so scary and complicated to me so this was inspiring to see. Hope your weekend is a happy one, CoCo

  9. Jenna, you are amazing! Maybe one day I can try painting. Until then, I shall appreciate your beautiful art. I hope you have a wonderful Easter.

  10. pattyanneart says:

    Beautiful work, Jenna! I’ve never used masking fluid but have been thinking about trying it lately. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Nancy says:

    Such lovely paintings! Always so fun to see your work!
    Happy Easter!

  12. Jenna, you are so talented. You always break the process down to where I can understand, and I am no artist. Wishing you and yours a blessed Easter!

  13. Mary says:

    Love seeing your creations come to life Jenna! ♥

  14. rawsonjl says:

    Your watercolor is just beautiful! I haven’t used masking fluid since I was in college with my watercolor classes.

  15. Your watercolor is beautiful, Jenna! Thank you for sharing it with us at the Snickerdoodle Party. I am featuring you this weekend.

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