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Magical Watercolor Florals - Loose & Enchanting with Masking Fluid

teacher avatar Cathrin Gressieker, Artist and Textile Designer

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (52m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Art Supplies

    • 3. First Layer - Watercolor

    • 4. How to use Masking Fluid

    • 5. Second Layer - Masking Fluid

    • 6. Third Layer - Watercolor

    • 7. Fourth Layer - Masking Fluid

    • 8. Fifth Layer - Watercolor

    • 9. Removing the Masking Fluid

    • 10. Sixth Layer - Watercolor

    • 11. Second Project: Dappled Light

    • 12. Thank You!

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About This Class


The Floral Extravaganza continues!

Have you ever wondered what that strange liquid called masking fluid is all about? Look no further, in this class I will be showing you step-by-step how to use it together with watercolor to paint magical loose florals. 

With masking fluid you basically block out areas on the paper that then will not be painted with watercolor and stay white. You can also use two or three layers of masking fluid in turn with watercolor layers to achieve even more depth and magical effects. I will be guiding you through the whole painting process in this class.

I will go over the art supplies you need for this class and also something I like to call the 'secret ingredient' you have in every kitchen that helps you giving the masking fluid a better painting consistency and will prevent the masking fluid from ruining your brushes.

So grab your magic wands, uhm, brushes and see you in class! I am so looking forward to painting with you and see your magical florals in the Class Gallery. If you have any questions, just let me know in the Discussions.


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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to my class. Magical watercolor floral sluice and enchanting with masking fluid. Maybe you've wondered what this magical potion is all about. And in this class I'm going to show you step-by-step exactly how to use it to achieve these magical results. And I'm going to show you all my tips and tricks. My name is Catherine Brassica and I'm a floral artists that are patent designer. And while this amazing feeling of seeing my artwork on products all over the world never gets old. My favorite part is painting and the process of achieving these results. This class is suited for intermediate students, but begin is could also give it a try. And I can only imagine what kind of magic advanced students can achieve with this technique. For your class project, you can paint one of my projects step-by-step with me. Or maybe you would like to try something of your own and maybe something less complex with less layers. So just one flower or something even more complex. And I would just love to see your paintings in the class gallery. If you have any questions, just put them in the comments, in the discussions. And I would so love to start a flow conversation with you guys. 2. Art Supplies: So which adds supplies, will you need to pay in these magical floral volts? Obviously not a magic wand, but a brush. And I will be using this number 12 brush, round brush throughout the whole course for all my paints. For applying the masking fluid. I'm working on watercolor paper. It's smooth paper by German brand personas, 24 by 32 centimeter. And I think it's called pressed but use please, any paper you have attend, you feel comfortable with? Also my paints. I'm using the Doctor Martens. And for the first page in the flowers, there will be a ping, a nice pink, some, some olive green, I think, some turquoise, some slave blow, some ultra blue. And also some Violet. And I will be also using the paints here on my paper color palette and in here, and mixing them quite intuitively, but these will all appear. And some more you probably see that in the, in the painting. And please use any watercolor paints you have at home and pens or in tubes, what works for you? And then for the second painting, I will be using more of those yellow tones and orange turns the light. Maybe some blacks, mahogany. And there'll also be some, some green in there. So please just mix intuitively. I also have water to containers, one for my first wash when four. Yeah. Just if added clean water for a second wash. And then I also have another small container with water, warm water, which I will be using for the masking fluids. So as the star of our course, I'm using this masking fluid by German Branch mincut also here use any masking fluid you have at hand. So this is this year. I think it also comes in other colors. It is a blue one, so you can distinguish it from the white of the paper and also little container to put your masking fluid in. Then comes the secret ingredient for the class. Washing up liquid dish soap to prevent, prevent your brushes from sticking together with a masking fluid and join them in the end. So this just tiny drop or like a teaspoonful we need. And I also use this brush soap brush cleaner to make sure that my brush is completely cleaving. That's about it. No one more thing. If you want to speed up the process, you can use a hairdryer for the watercolor layers and also for the masking fluid layers. Worked, works with both if you want. So but I prefer doing it really step-by-step, slowly, letting it dry. So it becomes like a project for a whole day or half-day. And it has this meditation meditative quality to it. Okay, CEO for the first layer. 3. First Layer - Watercolor: Let's start with our magic flowers. And as this will be a process of many layers, we have to allow for drying time in-between for the watercolour paint and also for the masking fluid. And we could start with a completely white page and put the masking fluid on it and then have those white places. But I will just have a light first wash in the beginning. Ok. I'm wetting my brush and getting some some paint and just do like little blobs, which is letting them freely here run on the page. Maybe an indication where we'll have flour. Lee, I was later on just a little bit of free play with with paint. So I like the idea to make maybe three big flowers. And they can be here. Just, just loosely. Cannot even say that I'm, I'm sketching it out. I just put some some blobs on the paper and this will, this will change so much during them cause of the painting. Maybe we'll see maybe chest. Just a bit of green leaves and foliage. Just imagining places where we'll have leaves and flowers. And this would change so much during painting. So maybe we need to blue here, maybe a bit too. Just like a little watch. I'm also leading white spaces here. Let's see how they will be filled later on with paint and dropping some more paint here and there. But for the first layer, I'm letting this dry now. 4. How to use Masking Fluid: While the first watercolor layer dry ice and it needs to dry completely, we are going to prepare our magic sauce. I'm taking the masking fluid. And usually you don't need so much of it. Better take some more later on to just poured into little container, little bowl, what you have at hand. Close it. And then we have one problem, problem with masking fluid. It ruins your brushes because it dries so fast and then it gets so stiff you won't get it out. So maybe don't use it on your $30 brush, a 30 pound brush. But there is something that can help you. So there's a trick to conserve your brushes. And yeah, it's magic flowers. That has to be a trick. And the trick is this year just washing up liquid. So you take another little glass with water just a bit and then probably just put like like a teaspoon of liquid in it. So then you have this here. And every time you dip your brush into, into masking fluid and after this hugest, put your brush back into the, the liquid, the washing soap. So this will prevent it from sticking and also it will dilute them, the masking fluid. And it gives it a much nicer consistency to paint affine because this is quite, quite thick. And then it will be more like, like paint. 5. Second Layer - Masking Fluid: Here we are back with our first layer, which is now completely dry. Yet please make sure this is very important otherwise, the masking fluid will stick together with a pair bundle. It will tear off late drawn. We don't want that. Okay. So keep in mind every where where you put the masking fluid. These areas will stay later on. Let's just do it. Maybe, yeah, dip my brush and water. Maybe I should do it in washing up. So liquid soap here. Then? Yeah, just some masking fluid. See the consistency to try it out. And then just yeah, paint as you would paint with watercolor. So I'm just doing these kind of open petals where I think I look like the petals to B. You see dipping into the soap in-between, taking some more of the liquid. So maybe we'll have some areas like this skill for the next one. Which could drop cut open like this. Because I kind of light like these areas where the bleeding happened here. So please make sure every time you use it, tip it back into the liquid. Soap, then take your masking fluid. So this is quite a nice bleed. Phase into this direction here. Three, make a third, third flower. And shouldn't be here. Oops, we also have some areas in here. That's three flowers. Maybe we should also make some smaller ones. But so just in another stage of their blue. So there's a little sprinkle, but we'll add more later on. So that's fine. Little one and also maybe one facing down here would be flowers. Or I always try to dip back into the normal painting. The water as I'm so used to it. Yeah. Why not? And yes, damn, damn hand. Something here. So it would be growing. And also maybe some, another flower here. And just looking at the composition and thinking what I could do and adding that. And I think already at this stage, I will add some some leaf shapes. Table. They'll be more leaves later on. This is just for warm water again, here is the right daughter with the washing up liquid. So and also let us try to have some areas that stay white. Maybe you'll become leave them as they are for interest or maybe just put some coloring later on as if they were leaves him. So I don't want to paint everything full here with my masking fluid. Pity hippie to lose all this here. Some white areas. Nice. Later on, we'll see, i'll look like so you cannot really plan it. There's lots of space for happy accidents and surprises here. And what is also very nice is adding some sprinkles. Water again. This is my water. Then diluting it. And then just put some spring couplets. Areas that will stay white Later on. Fun. And they usually add some more magic, magic bond here. Okay, so I think I call this done for the first layer of masking fluid. So very important. Wash your brush out. So this will again take some time to dry, especially those sprinkles here seems to be completely dry again before you put paint on it. So it's molecular project for a whole day. So clean it totally. So this can dry. It will dry. I don't know if it's still be usable for the next layer. You can put it back into your bottle. That's no problem even with the washing up liquid. Usually. Never had a problem with this. And yeah, watch out your brush. And sometimes to make really sure, I'd also like to use some, some brush. So by use this one here and then just leather it up. Either leave it in for a wild massage it in. And then again, look clean water. Okay. So seal for our next layer. 6. Third Layer - Watercolor: Now we're ready for our third layer. The masking fluid has dried. See, nothing Sticky here anymore. Otherwise, would stick two fingers. Again, make sure everything is dry. And keep in mind that everywhere with a masking fluid is, these areas will stay bright and the others get darker. So on this day, like in the foreground and the others are, the areas will be like in the background and we'll do the darker. So let's do it. So we have this flower here to just imagine is some kind of sky behind it. Blue. Maybe also take darker blue. See how ultra blue homework could match a Coke, can magic night, some of that. So everywhere where the masking fluid is test is resistance and it will not get covered. So to strap this spreading out. Ok, so be more pink and stay. So these are the centers. Also make them darker. Maybe there's also some, some leaves tucked behind. Leading in behaved as color. And tail will be like leaves in green here. I think this may be something that has a bit more punch. Triangle, green jungle, the jungle magic triangle. Okay, this can mix nicely here. So I'm just again going intuitively, as most of this, a lot of this will still be covered after this and it's dry. And another, another round of masking fluid. But I'm thinking a little bit about composition. So there's the flowers, some kind of sky up here. Then of course this leaves and foley achieve underneath down area. And let's make it darker around these petals. And also have a lighter gray. So maybe even to some of these strokes as if this would be stems. Going there. Replay for very intuitively about this layer here, you see how fast my brush strokes are not thinking too much. But I'm covering like everything. That is why now there will be no white areas after this layer, which is the ones that are covered with masking fluid. And there are big revelation will come much later. So that's nice that it see merging the watercolor. I loved that. Some more dark foliage behind here. I really like this area. Maybe some pink little aura gets purple because there's so much blue and my brush, I'm using the same brush all over. And it's so clear that there's still pigment from one color on it merging with the other one. So there's kind of this motion hand stamps but everything is still wet. Skoll gonna match together. Anyway. Why not just get some dark area here? Having a look at it and think everything is quite covered. So this will have another good dry now. And then we're back with masking fluid. 7. Fourth Layer - Masking Fluid: There is definitely some magic starting to happen here. And we come back for our fourth layer, another layer of masking fluid. And again, make sure everything is dry would be such a pity. If the masking fluid and the paper was decked stick together, and then you will lose your magic here. All the work in vain. Good. So now I think we should concentrate on leaves and at some more fluid, masking fluid to the painting. How is my masking fluid doing? Quite dry it up already. This is not good. Not too good anymore. So I think I'm just adding some more here. Just a bit sweet. Don't need so much. Okay. Yeah, that's better for sure. Let's have a look. So we have our flowers, lots of beautiful merging happening. So let's just add some stamps here. The bit of movement. If there was more flowers and stems growing and Ben, everywhere where we put our masking fluid now, the green will stay and will become a leaf. As I'm painting these leaf shapes here. Let's make one coming out here and another one of the flower also here. So the flowers are surrounded by it leaves. Again. You take some fluid, you clean your brush. Again. Between applications. You don't want to ruin your brush and you see it gets much lighter. The consistency of them, the masking fluids so much easier to paint with it. And it's so much more like like watercolor ban. And not this thick plastic ping happens all the time. Who's a flower myth was a flower hair stem. Some leaves, ham, oops, stems, leaves. And just some, some movement here. And another leaf. And I think I do blue leaf here. And maybe one, maybe one leaf also. And I think it's also time for some more sprinkles. Right? Brush, pen just have some more these places. Because these places than again will stay in the color. They are now so much, I think, too much to this layer. And we will see how this will play out. Maybe I'm quite like this ever want to lose it to make it into another flower. So it will look different anyways later on. And let's see if this dry again. And I'll see you for our is it our last, last or second-to-last watercolor layer? 8. Fifth Layer - Watercolor: Make sure you have cleansed and cleaned your brush properly. After the last application of masking fluid. We don't need the masking fluid anymore. We'll just do another layer now of watercolor and we'll add some more contrast, more drama, more magic. Everything's dried as usual. And then let's see some more sky. Would, could we take for that can be some Slade blue. See how this looks. Let's see how to redirect the places where there's masking Florida CS with Sustain. I don't want to lose all these colored leads. We have him say here's masking fluid. We can have some hand, yes. And also hair. Some hand pair. Then go down here to we need some more Django green Maybe. Can you mix it with some of the slate blue? Let's see where we put the last layer of masking fluid. Also take some olive green. Let's see elsewhere we also added leaves here. Can see how they, they become visible now that you put the water color on it. These areas going back here, just putting it together in the painting here. And maybe some lighter green down hand edit leaves here. Okay, maybe it just stand with like the blue here to St. John here. It's more green anyways. Take some most light blue to see where we put our masking fluid tan. Maybe just take a little black, that's c. This will be just mix it with some Ukraine. Maybe fit around the flowers to enhance the contrast. So this is when green him with some very light. Sky is another leaf masking fluid hidden. So we have some, we have lines. Nice to see them now. And they're still left here. What about Hunter setting with a pink flower? Had also edit leaves him. Maybe have some, some blue here. Django green merging with pink. Tapping. This is quite well covered. Another round of drying time and then the big, big magic moment will come. 9. Removing the Masking Fluid: The big moment has arrived. Let's see what we have created. But before we do it, just check one more time that everything is dry. Sometimes this still paint here on the masking fluid that is not completely dry and this will just stay in your painting and you take off the masking fluid. Okay, you can just take your hand and start taking it off. And then see whether masking fluid was. You will have the layer that was underneath. So you can take your finger, you see it gets very dirty. Or you take a rag. You don't have as much control if this feeling in your fingertips. And there's still some colors sometimes moving around like here. This can also add a bit of texture to the painting. This can take on while it's quite a big mass. So every now and then that should actually remove masking fluid here from my table. And I will speed up the process for you. 10. Sixth Layer - Watercolor: Let's have a closer look now at our magical flowers. And you see today, that's how they look quite amazing. All the places where the masking fluidized state kind of white. Our first layer of masking fluid in the leaves that are or see more in the bag. That was our second layer of masking fluid. And here in the middle, quite distinct centers, some radiation of the color. And yeah, you can just leave this as it is quite a beauty in itself. Or you could think, maybe add a little bit more detail. And that's what I'm doing now. Just some touches here and there. I don't want to lose too much of this quality. Let's take some ice pink. And yeah, just R2P exciting shot added to these areas and they're quite beautiful in itself. Just to give them a little bit more depth. Yeah. So purple some. And let's also add some ham. Maybe. Just a bit of green reflecting. Okay, just pretend this would be the lip of a flower that's dark and the middle skin look really impressive. Kept feeling. Not that this is her hair pressing the folded edge here. Then we have some purpose or not. To some more. I just don't I don't want to paint over everything. Losing it. Put green in the middle. Maybe too much. Just debit to show. And let's take some whole grain and put a bit here. Just, just a bit. And the white is very nice. Just to so often, it does so completely white, just like some reflection. So this this was also Flower, was net. It's not an not a leaf unless it's more in the background. Just, let's add some more purple. Quite a muddy one because of all the green on my brush. Pink. And still it's dramatic where all those edges AB, this could be like bulk, but stems here. Instead. Definition where the light stands, just said some. Tucker. I have not done anything to this flower purposes necessary, but maybe a little bit of mineral. Then why not take some purple and just let it bleed a bit? Soft net out. It's nice and nice in itself. Just thinking out loud, seeing what can be done or doesn't need to be done because there's so much work on it. Or maybe not. Just movement. Some stems, leaves. It's also nice to see, sprinkles. Magic moments here. Magic, magic dust, stardust, and has a nocturnal feel because of this darkness and Penn, sky. Finishing touches. Some areas you just want to leave as they are. Or even who. And I'm also leaving this, I think as it is, no details. As a contrast to the places where edit some more, maybe quite fading out here. I'm not sure. I'm really making it better because he is spiritual. Toward the paper. Has become this spot here now. And maybe probably take blue. But this is also Purple and Green. Certainly sustain flexion at night. Ok, let's have a look. And I think I am quite happy with it than just assessing and having a look. Are there any areas where my I I goes there and something I would like to change. An area that is calling me or is there already this inner click that tells me Campus is finished anymore? And I think the click is here. 11. Second Project: Dappled Light: I'll be showing you a second project now that depth applied project, where I'll use this idea of flight, falling through leaves and reflection. This all dreamy overall feel, magical, autumn light. And it's exactly the same process, 5-6 layers and two layers of masking fluid. And I will just speed you in a time-lapse through the process. That only one difference is that I'm starting like first layer masking fluid on the paper so that there will be white areas. And then I'll literacy whether they'll stay like this or the little bit of color. Ok, so please enjoy. So that's that. Okay. So here it is. Here we go, depth with light. So golden light captured this dream equality. I added a third layer in-between of masking fluid may be, you can see this in the time left to achieve more depth. And that's how it looks like. Maybe you would like to give this a try to And now, let's clean this mess. 12. Thank You! : Thank you very much for taking my class. I hope you've enjoyed it and learned a bit about masking fluid. And I just can't wait to see your magical flowers in the class gallery if there are any questions, just put them in the discussions and maybe see you in my next class of the flow extravaganza series. I would love to continue my floral journey with you by.