#26: Testing frisket (masking fluid) extender – 30 paintings in 30 days

OK, this is clearly the most lame of the 30 paintings. 🙂 I just wanted to test the frisket extender!

The problem with frisket is that it dries quickly, and can just destroy a brush in a hurry. I have learned to use cheap, stiff brushes for masking portions of my paintings, but even then, as the frisket dries on the brush, it makes the brush harder and harder to use effectively.

I ran across Sue’s Solution on Amazon (and that’s the only place you can buy it). I decided to give it a try, and I can report that it does what it says it will do:

  • If you rinse your brush in the solution before you dip it into frisket, clean up goes vastly better.
  • Likewise, pre-dipping slows down the drying greatly.
  • Re-dipping in Sue’s Solution every few minutes (not necessarily every time you dip in frisket) keeps things going nicely.
  • You can use the solution to dilute your masking fluid, which allows you to work more precisely, and you can even deliberately apply thinly to get texture effects.

Recommended. Now here is that test painting, on hot-press watercolor paper:

Frisket test, whole page
Frisket test, whole page
Frisket test, detail
Frisket test, detail

 

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