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  Adventures in latex...masking fluidNov 06, 2012 1:15 AM PST | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:I tried using a masking fluid for today's page, to hide the figure and the edges of the doorway while I sprayed white ink stars around them. You brush the stuff on where you want whatever you're going to add *not* to hit the paper, and when you're all done using the stuff you wanted to block, you peel up the now-dried masking fluid, and voila. Here's the page with the dried masking fluid peeled off the top half:
 
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And here's me pulling the rest off:
 
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It's latex-based so it's all stretchy like that. After I was all done peeling it off I happened to go to a comic blog web site to look at a pen article I'd just heard mentioned on a podcast I was listening to while working, and heck if that blog's latest article isn't on the very same masking fluid. It doesn't cover one important thing I learned in using it today, though, and that is that it will pull up ink you already have on the page...so one shouldn't really use it like I tried using it; you'll notice that it pulled up some of the ink on on the figure and to the left of the doorway, leaving a sort of faded look in those areas. I thought that was kind of interesting, though, so I didn't try going back over those areas in black ink. I don't think I'd try using the masking fluid again...unless maybe I wanted to get that effect? Or if I was doing a black ink spatter, since then I could just put it down on the un-inked paper and peel it up without removing any ink under it. Although, it did peel up a bit of the paper in that white dust cloudy area next to her feet. Hmph, silly masking fluid.
 
Oh yeah and it did totally ruin the beat up old Winsor & Newton brush I applied it with--the only Winsor & Newton brush I had, in fact, since I switched to RaphaŽls after that first one. Destroyed by Winsor & Newton's own masking fluid, how ironic. Or something. Hm so yeah although I do have some old brushes around that I've saved for destructive activities, I probably *won't* be using the masking fluid again unless I really really really need to for some reason; cut-out transparent sheet masks are less precise but much safer. :P
 
 
 
 
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