This is what masking fluid looks like…. it has many names and there are a lot of brands, too. I’ve been using this brand for a while and it’s my favorite. Since it has the potential to really mess up my brush, I have some brushes that I really don’t care for set aside to use for painting the masking fluid on.
This is what the painting looks like with the masking fluid painted on. When it dries, it’s a thin layer of rubber that lets you paint over it without affectiing what’s underneath. This way, I can paint the background and the ground without having to worry about painting around the characters. Also, for a wash, the entire paper will be made very wet so that the paint runs. A wash would be impossible to do if the characters were not masked first.
I wet the paper and then streaked colors onto it. At this point, I honestly cannot see where this is going, but I’m glad that I have a chance to work on the fly and use my imagination.
While the masking fluid was still on, I swept across the bottom to make the ground. This is where I want to keep it simple. After everything dried well, I removed the masking. You can see how the characters stayed nice and clean while I painted the background. Pretty cool!
Negative painting is when you use the paint to fill in the areas around what is already painted… it took me a LONG time to understand this. I started to create trees from the colors I already painted on the background.
For some reason, I like how the mouse’s feet turned out. I may put some faded stripes on his tail, but other than that, he is done.
I still may tweak the flower part, but I really like how the bright colors pop against the background.