- Contrast Prompts + Sidekick
- Contrast Inspir-action
- How to weave with paper
- Creating contrast by juxtaposing moods
- Combining warm and cool colours to create contrast
- How to use a gelli plate to create faces
- Obscuring journaling with mixed media layers
- How to combine contrasting media
- Masking and resist techniques
- Repurposing small pieces of old artworks
- How to use scale to create contrast
- How to paint intuitively
- How to paint faces in your art journal
- How to work with negative space
Masking and resist techniques
Hey Y’all, Katie here! For today’s tutorial I wanted to share a few different techniques for doing watercolor resists and masking with with a variety of supplies. Masking is a technique to preserve white areas while painting over sections and can be easier than just trying to paint around it with a paint brush and it can add some contrast to you page. Masking can be a really fun way to add visual texture and contrast to your pages and watercolors are really great to experiment with, there are so many different mediums that it will resist! Most of these have the same instructions: apply medium, let dry, apply watercolors. So I don’t get too technical when explaining them because they’re all so easy to do! You can apply most of these onto plain white paper, patterned paper or over top of a previous watercolor wash.
These are the supplies I’m using in these techniques:
- Washi Tape
- Oil Pastels
- Liquid Glue
- Glue Pen
- Gel Medium
- Masking Fluid
This is probably the easiest masking technique to do, and it will give you some really crisp, clean lines!
- Apply the tape in a pattern.
- Brush a wash of watercolor over top of the tape.
- Once the watercolor wash has dried, remove the tape!
Everyone has crayons in their supply stash, right? I personally love using a white crayon, but obviously any color will work.
- Draw/doodle/write with crayons. I recommend pressing down a bit on the harder side, to make sure you get a good bit of the wax onto the paper.
- Do a wash of paint over top. Let dry.
These are just like the crayons, only I find they work even better!
- Draw/doodle/write with oil pastels.
- Do a wash of paint over top. Let dry.
Did you know that watercolors will resist dried glue? They do! I used Tombow’s MONO Aqua Liquid Glue and their MONO Glue Pen for this, but it works with any white glue (at least all that I’ve tried!!), Like Elmers, or other liquid glues.
- Draw or write with the glue and let it dry completely. You could write your journaling with a glue pen, or just a fine tipped bottle, or draw patterns, whatever you like.
- Once the glue is dry, paint over it with watercolors.
Watercolors will resist dry gel medium, so this can be a really great medium to do a stencil resist with.
- Apply gel medium to your page, either with a brush, or through a stencil.
- Let dry completely.
- Paint over with watercolors.
Masking Fluid or “liquid frisket” is a fun way to do masking and a more “professional” medium. It’s actually kind of stinky (it smells like old socks to me), and can really ruin a paint brush, but it can also be really awesome. I like to use a silicone brush with the masking fluid. You can use a regular paint brush, but I would have one dedicated only for masking fluid as it will never paint the same again. I recommend having a jar of water to dip your brush in a lot to try and clean off any of the masking fluid that may be starting to dry on it. If you’re working over top of a previous watercolor wash, rather than just white paper, you want to make sure the paint is completely dry before adding the masking fluid on top. Otherwise the masking fluid will stick into the wet paint below and and will tear the paper when you try to remove it.
- Brush masking fluid into a pattern, shapes, etc. Let dry completely.
- Paint watercolor over top of the paper and masking fluid, let it dry. I like to do a darker, contrasting color from what is underneath so that pattern shows really well.
- Once the paint is dry, remove the masking fluid. I find it easiest to just rub it with your finger, but you can also rub at it lightly with an eraser.
I considered writing this whole post on tips for working with masking fluid, but I know not everyone owns this medium and I want to showcase techniques that anyone can put to use! I created this page showcasing what you can do with a few of these techniques!
(I did make the mistake on the page above of not waiting for paint to completely dry before adding the masking fluid, and it stuck to the security envelope. You can see above that it peeled away the top layer of paper. I’m happy with the finished look though!)
Katie is an Artist located in Washington, USA. She loves anything and everything crafty- from scrapbooking and art journaling, to drawing, to quilting. Katie is constantly inspired by nature, outer space, and colors.
Try out 1 of these techniques! Even if you don’t have masking fluid, try the crayons! or the tape resist and see what patterns you can come up with.