Watercolor Painting | Watercolor Masking Technique Tutorial

A neighbor of mine just had a baby and I felt maybe another baby blanket or onesie was too impersonal. So being in the crafty mood (that I’m always in), I decided to make a personalized gift! Just a few notes: This is the first time for this type of a watercolor painting project and I did come across a few bumps along the way but hopefully my mistakes and boo-boos help you guys on your project. By the way, if there were too many exclamation points in this watercolor painting entry, it’s because I was really excited on how well this project turned out!

Items Needed

  • Canvas, watercolor paper or mixed media paper
  • Watercolor paint (colors based on your idea)
  • Computer and printer
  • Paint brushes (and an old one that you’re ok trashing)
  • Frisket Masking Fluid (available at most art stores or online)
  • Gold foil or gold paint
  • Optional: glitter paint such as Martha Stewart’s brand of glitter paint

Let’s Begin!

I searched online for a specific shape of butterfly. I could only find it on some sheet music and that’s ok…I just needed the shape.  I copied the image onto my graphic program (or Word Document) and sized it to the size of my canvas. On screen, I found a fun font and typed her name. (Just a reminder: please do not plagiarize an entire piece of artwork. Although I used the butterfly, I did make some minor modifications and only used the shape.) I printed the new design and transferred it onto my canvas with graphite paper. (I will get into graphite paper in another segment for those newbies)

printout example

Once it’s transferred onto my canvas, I gently shook my jar of Frisket masking fluid. Do not overshake. We shake it because there is a light color additive that helps you see the masking fluid when you are painting. Grab your trashy brush (that you’re willing to part with after this project) and began outlining the shape of the butterfly with it. Note: If you are allergic to Latex, DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT!

FRISKET

PAINT-FRISKET

You can see that I’ve outlined on the inside of the pencil line. Take your time on this. The reason we use masking fluid is that watercolor paint does tend to spread and this mask we paint on will stop it from getting into your butterfly shape. This will eventually peel off like rubber cement or the gooey stuff on the backside of your giftcard that holds it in place. Once you have traced the butterfly and part of the name that sticks out of your butterfly design, please be patient and wait for this to dry. It might take about a half hour or 1 hour depending on the complexity of your design. Do not blowdry this! Have read that this stuff might be flammable under high heat and we like to be super careful that our crafters survive this project. Plus, if your blowdry, the fluid might move and run down your canvas.

OUTLINE FRISKET

Ok, our canvas is dry! By the way, I do not recommend watercolor painting on canvas. The reason is that watercolors want to seep into paper and this allows you to create some awesome stuff. Mistake #1, I did this on canvas because I didn’t want to have to frame this. I like the charm of having the nice, plain canvas edge. So, I got my fav colors and began placing water down with a paintbrush before placing the watercolors. This is just watercolor painting 101 for the most.

WATERCOLORS

ADD-WATER

Ok, let’s rock this canvas and start laying down our colors! Again, the charm of watecolors is that they bleed into one another but now that we have the masking border protecting our butterfly edge, we don’t have to worry about ruining our shape. Layer those watercolors and once done, let’s have them dry naturally and slowly.

watercolor painting

Once the watercolor aspect is dry. I merely rub my finger on any of the orangey-colored Frisket masking fluid and it easily peels off. Note: if you are doing this on watercolor paper, make super sure your Frisket is dry before beginning to add watercolors on top. If not, when you are peeling off the Frisket orange mask, the paper may begin to pull up as well.

Ok, now we have our awesome exposed edge that was once covered with the orangey Frisket layer. Here’s where I got super crafty and used gold paint to fill in the Shiloh name. Gold foil also works on this step as well (but is a bit more cumbersome). Once I finished the gold name, I decided to get some “extra credit” by outlining the butterfly wings with gold too! Awesome choice! What the heck, let’s add some Martha Stewart purple glitter paint on some of this butterfly watercolor as well.

Guess what?! We are finished with our watercolor painting! Happy gifting and hope your project comes out great too!

FINISHED-SHILOH

 

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Watercolor Painting | Watercolor Masking Technique Tutorial

A neighbor of mine just had a baby and I felt maybe another baby blanket or onesie was too impersonal. So being in the crafty mood (that I’m always in), I decided to make a personalized gift! Just a few notes: This is the first time for this type of a watercolor painting project and I did come across a few bumps along the way but hopefully my mistakes and boo-boos help you guys on your project. By the way, if there were too many exclamation points in this watercolor painting entry, it’s because I was really excited on how well this project turned out!

Items Needed

  • Canvas, watercolor paper or mixed media paper
  • Watercolor paint (colors based on your idea)
  • Computer and printer
  • Paint brushes (and an old one that you’re ok trashing)
  • Frisket Masking Fluid (available at most art stores or online)
  • Gold foil or gold paint
  • Optional: glitter paint such as Martha Stewart’s brand of glitter paint

Let’s Begin!

I searched online for a specific shape of butterfly. I could only find it on some sheet music and that’s ok…I just needed the shape.  I copied the image onto my graphic program (or Word Document) and sized it to the size of my canvas. On screen, I found a fun font and typed her name. (Just a reminder: please do not plagiarize an entire piece of artwork. Although I used the butterfly, I did make some minor modifications and only used the shape.) I printed the new design and transferred it onto my canvas with graphite paper. (I will get into graphite paper in another segment for those newbies)

printout example

Once it’s transferred onto my canvas, I gently shook my jar of Frisket masking fluid. Do not overshake. We shake it because there is a light color additive that helps you see the masking fluid when you are painting. Grab your trashy brush (that you’re willing to part with after this project) and began outlining the shape of the butterfly with it. Note: If you are allergic to Latex, DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT!

FRISKET

PAINT-FRISKET

You can see that I’ve outlined on the inside of the pencil line. Take your time on this. The reason we use masking fluid is that watercolor paint does tend to spread and this mask we paint on will stop it from getting into your butterfly shape. This will eventually peel off like rubber cement or the gooey stuff on the backside of your giftcard that holds it in place. Once you have traced the butterfly and part of the name that sticks out of your butterfly design, please be patient and wait for this to dry. It might take about a half hour or 1 hour depending on the complexity of your design. Do not blowdry this! Have read that this stuff might be flammable under high heat and we like to be super careful that our crafters survive this project. Plus, if your blowdry, the fluid might move and run down your canvas.

OUTLINE FRISKET

Ok, our canvas is dry! By the way, I do not recommend watercolor painting on canvas. The reason is that watercolors want to seep into paper and this allows you to create some awesome stuff. Mistake #1, I did this on canvas because I didn’t want to have to frame this. I like the charm of having the nice, plain canvas edge. So, I got my fav colors and began placing water down with a paintbrush before placing the watercolors. This is just watercolor painting 101 for the most.

WATERCOLORS

ADD-WATER

Ok, let’s rock this canvas and start laying down our colors! Again, the charm of watecolors is that they bleed into one another but now that we have the masking border protecting our butterfly edge, we don’t have to worry about ruining our shape. Layer those watercolors and once done, let’s have them dry naturally and slowly.

watercolor painting

Once the watercolor aspect is dry. I merely rub my finger on any of the orangey-colored Frisket masking fluid and it easily peels off. Note: if you are doing this on watercolor paper, make super sure your Frisket is dry before beginning to add watercolors on top. If not, when you are peeling off the Frisket orange mask, the paper may begin to pull up as well.

Ok, now we have our awesome exposed edge that was once covered with the orangey Frisket layer. Here’s where I got super crafty and used gold paint to fill in the Shiloh name. Gold foil also works on this step as well (but is a bit more cumbersome). Once I finished the gold name, I decided to get some “extra credit” by outlining the butterfly wings with gold too! Awesome choice! What the heck, let’s add some Martha Stewart purple glitter paint on some of this butterfly watercolor as well.

Guess what?! We are finished with our watercolor painting! Happy gifting and hope your project comes out great too!

FINISHED-SHILOH

 

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