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Barbara Harmon <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 3 May 2011 22:20:11 -0400
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Hi guys, I have been out of town and want to weigh in.  Annie, I also  
have used WN, both varieties.  Not sure about the ammonia, but I have  
found that with ALL masking fluids it is crucial that they be fresh  
(e.g. not too old/dried out!!), and, I shake them quite well to mix  
the components, but then tap tap tap the bottle to remove bubbles, and  
then still I test, and test again on the paper.  Of course 300#  
handles mask much better than 90 or 140, and some papers do far better  
than others (wish I could tell you which does what).  I have brushes  
(actually old WN #7's) that I keep specifically for masking.  Like  
some of you I also use a piece of hand soap to keep them from getting  
chunked-up and to keep them useful.  I have had a few (#s 2 & 3) for  
many many years.
A decent brush is a good thing, as you said Linda:  spines on a cactus  
are way easier with a decent point.  But also I love a brush that can  
hold some fluid as well.
It's interesting to hear everyone's experiences with this.  Thanks  
again to the List!

Barbara Harmon

On May 3, 2011, at 9:52 PM, Anne Runyon wrote:

> These replies are helpful as always.
> I have an additional question.
> I use the Winsor & Newton art masking fluids, both colourless and  
> the slightly yellow one.
> I dilute it with ammonia which is one of its ingredients. This seems  
> to work well, but has anyone ever had an issue with the ammonia?
> Like Consie, I have some nicely pointed synthetic brushes that I use  
> for masking only.
> Iíll try adding the soap ... which sounds like a good idea ...  
> (unless it reacts adversely with ammonia?)
> Thanks, Annie
> From: Brie Dodson
> Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2011 7:46 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [SCIART] Masking liquids
> I'm fond of the Pebeo masking fluid. It's not a new product, but I  
> have used it for about fifteen years. It's thinner than some of the  
> other masking liquid, making it easier for me to work with, and it  
> is colored gray. B
> On May 3, 2011, at 12:17 PM, Linda Feltner wrote:
>> HI All:
>> Is there any newer product out there that you've tried, that is  
>> better than the MasquePen and Shiva Masking liquid, for use on  
>> watercolor paper? I've used both, and some others way back (like  
>> the Incredible something-or-other).
>> I've heard that if one first coats a small brush with dishwashing  
>> liquid, it won't ruin the brush, using it in a latex based mask.  
>> I've never tried it, but am always looking for better ways to apply  
>> masking liquid. I've tried those "incredible nibs", toothpicks,  
>> cheap brushes....
>> I've clogged more Masquepens than I care to admit, even when I  
>> clean them thoroughly....can't figure it.
>> always looking for a successful technique.
>> Thanks in advance,
>> Linda
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