Product Review: Masking Fluid Pen

One of the new products that Artistcellar added to the shelves is the Fineline Masking Fluid Pen. Even though it's a bottle, it's called a pen because it has a very fine (20 gauge) wire tip, so it's pretty easy to "write" with it. And to prevent it from clogging, it has a pretty cool cap, with a needle that fits in the hollow wire tip, screw it on, and you're good. (Make sure you have your reading glasses handy though! LOL)

 

I saw a similar project like this on Pinterest and thought I'd try making one. I did this in my Strathmore Visual Journal. This is the completed page.

First thing you do is just write what you want to say on the blank page. I didn't gesso it or prepare it any way, just the naked paper.

It takes a little practice to squeeze and write at the same time. Have a scrap paper or tissue ready for any blobs that may appear at the tip. But... if you do make a mistake (or a mess) just wait a minute for it to dry, and rub off with your finger, and have another go at it! Easy Peasy. After I was satisfied with my writing, I let it sit and cry for about an hour. Then I got out the Distress Stains and Twinkling H2O's. You can also use Dylusions Sprays or Dye-Na-Flow. Get your soft watercolor brush nice and juicy and just start painting over everything. For this one, I used Distress Stains with a few splooshes of Twinkling H2O's to give it some sparkle. After the paint was dry, I splattered some black india ink over the whole thing.

I would suggest letting it air dry for a few hours at least. I did try using a heat gun, but it started shooting sparks and blew up. But then I wasn't sure if the heat gun would have softened the masking fluid or made it harder to remove. Once your page is thoroughly dry, take your finger and rub off the masking fluid to reveal the nice bright lettering. It's like magic :-)

Here are a few others I did. This one I used Dylusions Sprays in my spray box.

It was nice and wet and the ink pooled around the masking fluid and ran through the letters.

The next one I did was using only Twinkling H2O's. When it was really wet, I let it drip a bit to the bottom. It's nice and shimmery in real life, hard to capture on camera.

Since I made three of these, I'm going to give one away to someone who comments on this post. The one in my journal you can't have, but I will give one lucky winner the choice of the Twinks one or the BeYOUtiful one. I'll use a random number generator and pick one winner out of all the comments. Because this is a new blog, your chances might be pretty good! So tell me what you think about this project and what word or saying you would want to use in a page. I'll pick next week... let's say Wednesday.

 

 

 




Lisa Cousineau
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13 Responses

Carol Dorrell
Carol Dorrell

August 19, 2015

Loving the look of the MASKING FLUID PEN ..I can envisage many uses for it… My favorite is the Twinkling H20s one… TY for the review….

jean
jean

June 23, 2015

i have tried other liquids for a “writing” resist (with so-so results) but this one looks flawless!

Teresa Arsenault
Teresa Arsenault

June 17, 2015

These are brilliant. I love the BeYOUtiful one – very clever. This masking fluid is on my wish list for sure.

Lori Wostl
Lori Wostl

June 12, 2015

Been on the road again and missed this! I have to stay home long enough to shop a bit,,,need some goodies. Think twinks are going to have to join my color family.

Janet Toto
Janet Toto

June 12, 2015

I love the look of this masking fluid and the fact that mixed media artists can use this product (I did always think it was “exclusively” used by watercolor artists…wink, wink!

sonja
sonja

June 12, 2015

i want what Linda wants! my tjanting tool is only a decoration at this point.
This masking fluid looks like just what i need for the next batch of prayer flags

Terri Envey
Terri Envey

June 12, 2015

This product is wonderful!

jean marmo
jean marmo

June 12, 2015

How fin is this! Love writing and then rubbing the mask off. Would be great for canvases and journal pages! Thanks for the chance to win!

loey
loey

June 09, 2015

Imagining the heat gun served you well before its demise! Totally “need” to get the masking pen!

stephanie
stephanie

June 05, 2015

Be fearless

Ann Rose Thomas
Ann Rose Thomas

June 02, 2015

Love these! I have some masking fluid but have never done anything with it, it was just an impulse buy. I may try to make a pen like this with a little bottle and syringe tip; I’m guessing the tip will clog, though. Then I’ll cave and buy the real thing, but at least I can feel virtuous about having tried to be thrifty. ; )

April Lopez
April Lopez

June 01, 2015

i love this product. I love the one you did with the Twinks. I need to use mine more often.

Linda wyatt
Linda wyatt

May 31, 2015

I want i want i want masking fluid!!! Reminds me of wax and batik and that drip tool

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