I Can’t “Resist” This Watercolour Technique

     Posted by Brooke on May 24, 2017

Since I started teaching Watercolour 101, I’ve been experimenting by trying all kinds of watercolour techniques.

The one I’ve been loving lately is resist painting. I used the Prima Christine Adolph resist pen that is available in the store and I loved how fine the tip was for details.

Watercolour resist, also known as masking fluid, rubber cement, or liquid frisket, is a fluid substance that is either drawn or painted onto the paper prior to watercolour painting. Once the masking fluid is applied, you allow it to dry completely, paint over your design with watercolours, and then peel off the dried masking fluid.

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I also used the Prima waterbrushes for painting and blending. LOVE them. Psst…they’re back in stock in the store!img_4215

First, I doodled freehand flowers and leaves on my paper.

Before applying any paint I made sure to let the fluid dry completely. Once the opaque liquid turns transparent and a bit tacky it’s ready to go.

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You can see in the picture above the transparent quality of the masking fluid once it’s dry.
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Disclaimer: on this first painting I made the mistake of using non-watercolour paper so the edges are frayed and not crisp like they should be.

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I wanted to try again with actual watercolour paper to see if I could get that properly crisp resist effect.

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I did basically the same design with a few little variations as I was drawing freehand. You could also use this masking fluid through a stencil, trace the outlines of diecuts, or paint with it.

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You can see that the watercolour paper made a huge difference in the quality of the resist.

And here is a shot of what we did in Watercolour 101 last week. Watercolour resist on a bit of a smaller scale in order to make card fronts. Oh, and we used the new liquid watercolour paints if you’re wondering why the colours are so vibrant.

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If you want to try watercolour resist or even just try your hand at watercolours, all the supplies I’ve used (watercolour paper, liquid watercolours, Prima waterbrushes, Prima Resist Pen) are available in the store.

We also have ONE more Watercolour 101 class left if you’d like to join! May 31st 7pm-8:30. It’s a casual, relaxed atmosphere where you can learn watercolour basics. Call or visit the store to register!

2 Comments so far

  1. Charline May 24, 2017 10:54 am

    Wow! That looks cool. I must get me some of that. I wondered how the resist works… ¬†thanks

  2. Kim May 31, 2017 11:17 pm

    What a different way to use the resist . . . hmm I wonder where mine is ??

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