Painting with Masking Fluid

When I'm not glued to my loom or my computer, weaving or editing, I like to  grab my paintbrushes and pretend that I learned something from the dozens of art classes I've taken. I found some masking fluid (I had no idea what it was) in the paint aisle during my last trip to the art store and had to grab it. I haven't had a chance to really try it out because I have been weaving like crazy but it is a life-saver! Where has this been my whole life?

Have you ever wondered how some artists manage to leave the tiniest lines of negative space in their paintings? Have you ever tried to recreate the look naturally by brushing extremely slowly and carefully? The slightest bump can mess up hours of work... and the finished product has an unnatural appearance. Masking fluid is the miracle answer!

The first step is to lightly draw the basic outline of your picture with a pencil. Then grab your masking fluid and copy the outlines by squeezing the fluid directly over your lines. 

The fluid comes out of a needle-shaped cap at a steady rate. Although it comes out as liquid, it dries very quickly into a rubber quality.

Wait for a few minutes until all of the masking fluid has dried and then grab your brushes and paint just like usual - right over the top of the dried masking fluid. 

(Masking fluid is also great if you stink at staying in the lines and need an invisible border for your paint!)

This is where the magic happens. Once your paint has completely dried, grab a rubber eraser and gently rub over the top of your painting.

This is my favorite part! The masking fluid clumps together and comes up easily just like the temporary adhesive on the back of brand new credit cards. All that is left behind is your beautiful painting with perfectly thin, negative lines. Everyone will be amazed at your smooth hand, but we'll both know the secret...

Lucky Numbers

I've started a new goal which I call 'no screens after 5pm'. 

I'm realizing that as a full time Marketing Graphic Designer I am staring at screens all day long. Even when I'm not working on editing photos on my computer I am staring at the screen of my iphone, tracking


' social media performance. 

When the work day is over I have been trying to find an outlet without any screens involved. Painting has been one of my go-to activities.

I just turned 23 on March 23rd, and wanted to paint these lucky numbers for my home office! I love the splotchy effect on the grey numbers. It reminds me of oil and water. Even though it is kind of messy, it works. Basically, the story of my life.

If I stick to my 'no screens' rule, hopefully I will have all the numbers painted pretty soon! I've realized that throughout life we memorize so many sets of numbers. Phone numbers, locker combos, addresses, dates, zip codes, apt numbers, id numbers... frankly it can be hard to forget some of the numbers we have to memorize. I've also realized that each set of numbers that we memorize marks a different time in our life. I can still remember my student id number from college and whenever I recite it I remember being on campus. Basically, numbers have a lot of meaning to our lives. Just as you display a special word or phrase in your home, framing a set of numbers can have an exclusive meaning to just you or your family. I am planning on framing the numbers 831 next. Anyone visiting would think they were random, but to my hubby and I they are our very first apartment together. You can either frame them separate or I can combine them for you into any size. As with all of my paintings they are available as an immediate digital download in my etsy shop!

Columbia River Washington LDS Temple Painting

Lately I've been learning a few things about being a grown-up. The first is that we are in the full swing of life, and I love the adventure! Seeing all of my friend's graduation pictures from this weekend has made me a little sentimental though. Even though we didn't 'walk' at our graduation ceremony, I can't help feeling all of the emotions of bittersweet-happiness as our student-days end.

The second is that home decor is best with a little personality mixed in.

We were married in the Columbia River Washington LDS Temple 3 years ago, and I recently realized that we don't have a photo of the beautiful building in our home! I thought that the best way to remember that special day was to paint my own version of the temple.

Not only does it remind us of our wedding day, but it brings a little piece of Washington (which feels very far away right now) closer. This was the temple that I attended while growing up, and it reminds me of my dear friends and family!

I am going to continue painting temples because they are buildings that hold a lot of power and meaning. I recently posted an immediate digital download of this temple in my shop so you can get a copy of your own if it is a special temple to you!

Click here to get your own copy.

I also recently set up an Instagram handle @HelloHydrangea. So be sure to tag me so I can see the print in your home too!