Progress Update Working with Golden Absorbent Ground and Fineline Masking Fluid, on Violet Blooms 01.24.20

Fineline Liquid Masking of 6x6 crop of Dorset Street Vermont Community Gardens Violet Blooms Vertical
Fineline Liquid Masking of 6×6 crop of Dorset Street Vermont Community Gardens Violet Blooms Vertical

Well, I’ve tried a grid system (again), which did help, though it’s a lot of work, lol! And above is my image from my 1st post re also trying out Fineline’s Liquid Masking.

I’m still experimenting with the masking fluid, including the partially seen 6×6 canvas beneath the next stage of using the masking fluid on Violet Blooms in the pic below. That partial image should be my next masking fluid post, with a lot more pics and some interesting decisions I made regarding the masked areas 😊

Begin Removing Fineline Liquid Masking of 6x6 crop of Dorset Street Vermont Community Gardens Violet Blooms Vertical
Begin Removing Fineline Liquid Masking of 6×6 crop of Dorset Street Vermont Community Gardens Violet Blooms Vertical

So in the pic above, I’ve removed one portion of the dried masking fluid, the white strip bottom left with the red arrow pointing to it.

I’d washed in the dark background areas, but lightly, as I’ve read recommended in several articles and books I’m browsing re using watercolors (new to me), esp the first washes.

Turns out this method (for me) is also not 100% foolproof, at least in regard to getting the right areas masked, etc. But I really think this is more to do with a learning curve, both in regard to watercolor choices in general, and using masking fluid for and with those choices.

In other words, the usual creative stuff, lol! 😊

Fineline Liquid Masking removed from 6x6 crop of Dorset Street Vermont Community Gardens Violet Blooms Vertical
Fineline Liquid Masking removed from 6×6 crop of Dorset Street Vermont Community Gardens Violet Blooms Vertical

Above, the fully peeled masking tape reveals where I’ve washed in color and areas still white on the absorbent ground.

It lines up “pretty good” with the photo, and I like the way Fineline’s Masking Fluid applicator tip allowed me to define the shape of sharper and/or thinner edges better than I usually am able to with brushes.

I haven’t written a review for this product yet on Amazon, but should. It’s worked really well for me. I think my hesitation’s been because I had to ask for a replacement (which Amazon did immediately).

Not used to working with stuff like this, ie, applicators with sticky stuff lol 😂, I either didn’t clean the needle well enough, or the fluid was defective to begin with. Either way, depending on the cap to keep fluid within the needle from hardening is not a good idea 😊

Either way, a really useful fun creative art tool.

I you know of other tips using this product, or others like it, with applicator needle tips, please post in the comments!

I’ll finish with a combo teaser-reminder to myself about the partially seen other image I’m trying masking tape with. Posted below is what I now call, First Twinkle of Snow.

The texture pattern I allowed to remain on Golden’s Absorbent Ground – vs smoothing out more – gave me the impression of tall thin trees in the woods, and, as my creative pattern, one thing lead to another ❤️

Golden Absorbent Ground Pattern before Fineline Liquid Masking for The First Snow
Golden Absorbent Ground Pattern before Fineline Liquid Masking for The First Snow

Thanks everyone!
May your creative efforts be more rewarding than frustrating!
It helps me to remember that most fun things are a mix of something or other, lol! 😊



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  1. Hi Felipe,

    Yes, I’ve got something similar. The frisk masking fineliner, with a 0.5mm ‘pin-point’ applicator. Sounds great doesn’t it? It was a fiddly mess the first time I tried using it. The next time I tried nothing came out!

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    • Tina, more & more I’m liking the idea of dipping into the bottle with an inexpensive brush, or using a toothpick, both things I’ve seen done on videos, lol! I did, on my replacement bottle from Fineline / Amazon, also do what another video suggested – take the cap off immediately after use (I figure the masking fluid has to dry anyway 😊), rinse it and the needle under warm water, then blow through the needle & make sure water goes through. Messy & a bit of extra work! But – so far – seems to be working. Meanwhile, I’m liking the expendable brush idea more & more 😊


    • They do seem really great quality. I’ve mostly only gotten the Golden mediums and gels and grounds so far, looking fwd to trying their paint too 😊 So glad the experiments are being fun too! If you ever have a suggestion or product input, please post! 😊


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