I am always looking for new ways to incorporate my calligraphy into weddings and events and if you’re like me, you can’t get enough of a good watercolor project. Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite projects that uses masking fluid and watercolor to create a whimsical and artistic touch to any celebration.
This particular project uses masking fluid to create a “white” writing effect against a watercolored background. It’s a fun technique for projects such as place cards, escort cards, individual print pieces or even envelopes. Honestly, the options are endless and it is a sure way to wow your clients or guests.
The coolest part? You can use the masking fluid with paint brushes AND pointed pen! I tested out the process with pointed pen recently and thought I’d share the results…including what I would do differently next time!
STEP 1// POUR MASKING FLUID INTO A JAR
Using a mixing jar (like the ones linked to above), pour in your masking fluid so you’ll have a convenient place to dip your pen or brush into.
STEP 2 // WRITE YOUR CALLIGRAPHY IN MASKING FLUID
Write as usual on watercolor paper (don’t use Cranes lettra or other paper high in cotton content! See our OOPS pic below)
When doing pointed pen make sure the masking fluid is actually coming out for your fine lines – it can be tricky to tell especially when writing on white paper. If you don’t have the fine lines in the masking fluid, they won’t show up as white in the finished piece.
STEP 3 // APPLY WATERCOLOR
This is where we can have a little fun with color! Once the masking fluid is completely dry, using your paintbrush do a wash in whatever colors you’d like over the writing. For more of a bold color, use less water and more paint creating an opaque wash look so your writing stands out even more.
STEP 4 // ERASE MASKING FLUID
Now the magic happens! Once the watercolor is COMPLETELY dry, take your eraser and erase the masking fluid. This should come right off with your eraser, leaving just the writing.
STEP 5 // VOILA!
Your project is complete.
OOPS: Here is a look at why you don’t want to use Cranes Lettra paper or another paper with too much cotton – it pulls up when you are trying to erase! I had to redo these on watercolor paper.
NOTE: For future projects I would definitely apply a more saturated amount of watercolor so they show up just a tiny bit better!