Looking for affordable masking fluid (for watercolor) has been a tough task since it may be expensive depending on the brand and the location where you buy.
Watercolor masking fluid or masking fluid is a latex-rubber fluid used to preserve the paper or the material underneath while painting. It serves as a resistant.
As a member of the GP Calligrapher group on Facebook, I have encountered people who may have been quite helpful to the others who ask questions. I got mine from National Bookstore (NBS) in Glorietta for Php 350. I was giddy when I got it since it was cheaper than the ones I saw in Deovir (through their website).
The texture is similar to the white glue that we see in different racks in bookstores. Specifically, the one I got is the Art Masking Fluid (AMF). The second type is the Colourless Art Masking Fluid (CAMF).
Differentiating AMF from CAMF:
- AMF has a yellowish tint, making it super easy to see and use. CAMF is obviously colourless.
- If softer paper will be used, CAMF is highly recommended.
If you’re highly interested in buying one, you could try looking at Deovir, there’s a branch at SM City Manila and you could check the other branches through their site. Also, you may try checking NBS branches especially Glorietta branch since it has the most complete set of materials for art and calligraphy.
Here are some tips you may use in using AMF & CAMF:
Prices for various masking fluids may vary depending on the brand, some would cost more than Php 350 but would not go more than Php 1000. Better check Deovir’s site first. 🙂
P.S. When I tried using my AMF from Winsor & Newton, I got disappointed because I was not able to utilize its maximum potential due to the fact that I did not research much on how to use it or what could be the best way to use it. I hope this would help you! 😀
Alternatives to Masking Fluids
Talking to people who may have used masking fluids on their projects, works or practice sheets, have told me some peculiar products that would serve as alternatives. Ones that are very easy to obtain!
Candles could be easily obtained because we could find some lurking in our houses. If you are wondering on how to use candles:
- Write what you want to write with it. No need to shake or light them up.
- You may paint the areas you would want to paint.
For this tip, it was given to me by a kind soul from GP Calligraphers when I was consulting about masking fluids.
This functions similar to the candle. With their texture, it’s easy to use. The same procedure with the candle and somehow cheaper since the brand is not that vital as long as you have the white crayon/s.
Here are some other reference links you may check:
Hope this post helps!
P.S. Image credits for candle and crayon goes to Google.