This entry was originally posted on Friday, February 17, 2012
Since masking fluid is so temperamental it can be difficult to work with.
One important thing to remember is to never, ever use your good brushes with it.
It will ruin them.
Instead, use an inexpensive brush found at your local craft store or dollar store.
My preference is for a long, thin, rigger type brush.
My reasoning for this is that when the masking fluid dries, it clumps up at the base and splays the hairs out.
If you have a bigger brush, the splay gets bigger and more cumbersome to work with.
My other reason is that if it clumps up on the end, I can just snip it off and I still have a brush to work with.
When using a brush, keep a jar of soapy water close by.
Dip your brush into the soapy water before you dip it into the masking fluid.
The soap coats the hairs on the brush and keeps the masking fluid from clumping up as quickly.
Continue to dip it into the soapy water throughout the application. How often do you do this? I will usually dip it back in and swish it around in the soapy water when I feel the brush start to drag across the paper.
There are other tools that I use to apply masking fluid which I will tell you more about throughout the rest of the week.