Read our masking fluid how-to with Cass Art Kensington Staff Artist Joey Abrabrahams and create your own floral Cyanotype style watercolour painting.
And from now until the 22nd of March, if you buy £25 of Winsor & Newton loose professional watercolours we’ll give you a Winsor & Newton Art Masking fluid for free! So it’s the perfect time to try this effective technique.
For now, over to you Joey!
Thanks! Cyanotype prints are a photographic printing process that dates back to the 1800’s, and is a method often used to produce horticultural photograms. Today I’m going to show you how you can create your own Cyanotype inspired painting, using watercolours and masking fluid.
What You’ll Need
- Cass Art Watercolour Paper
- Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid
- Winsor & Newton Watercolour Paint – Blues
- Cass Art Synthetic brushes for painting
- Brushes or Dip Pen for masking fluid
- Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
Use the masking fluid to draw out your design. Cyanotypes are usually created with found objects but you can draw whatever you like. You can use brushes or a dip pen if you would like more detail.
Take care to always keep your brush moist with the fluid, as it dries very quickly and risks ruining your brush. I’d advise not using your favourite brush for this part of the job! Also make sure that you clean your brush thoroughly straight after you’ve finished using the fluid.
Wait for the masking fluid to dry – this won’t take very long but make sure that it’s fully dry before moving on to the next stage.
Then use your watercolour paint to completely cover the page, I’ve just a combination of Turquoise and cobalt blue for this piece. The paint will resist the areas where you have added masking fluid, keeping the paper pure underneath it.
Once your paint has dried you can begin peeling your masking fluid away. If you have some finer detail areas that are harder to peel you can rub it with your finger or a clean, soft eraser. You will then be left with your beautifully drawn elements that will mimic a real cyanotype print.
You can go back over your design with a white pen – I like to use a Sakura Gelly Roll. This can add further details or eye catching elements. You can also use the paint to go back over and add in areas you might have missed.
Don’t forget to hashtag #cassart on social media to show us your creations.