Visual Arts Journal

Dump the Liquid Masking Fluid and Frisket Film

by mmdpStudio Artist on Sep.16, 2009, under Art Supplies, Graphic Design

VAJPlaceholder_118x150I never really liked the brush applied masking fluid used in watercolor painting or graphic design. It eats brushes and who likes to carry around little bottles of soapy water? Even with two coats of the stuff, I always seemed to get pin holes or missed spots.

To me, Frisket film always made more sense. Unfortunately it was just so darn expensive and it had to be ordered online to get the best prices. The other day I got a tip online that actually worked.

A Cheap Quality Alternative
I went out and bought some Glad Press ‘n Seal (in the grocery food storage aisle). You work with it like you would any adhesive product, smoothing it as you apply, then burnish the edges a bit. It sticks really tight, has no adhesive residue and doesn’t hurt the papers surface (peel off slowly).

Peel off and Reapply
DumpMasking150x118I was able to place the PNS food wrap on scratch paper to cut the shape then peel and reapply more than once, with a tight seal each time. I was able to use both the cut out and the outer trim to in separate applications. This means it can be used as a masking template by repositioning and adhering the mask to different areas of your artwork.

Great for Keeping Paints Fresh
I also used it to cover the wells and puddles before I took a break and they were just as I left them when I returned. I didn’t try it but I heard you could wrap your brushes too, but I prefer to rinse mine when leaving.

Give it a try some time and let me know how you like it.

Applications: Graphic Design, Airbrushing, Painting, Scrapebooking, and Stamping, to name a few.

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