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Time Required :
About an hour
Beginner
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You're new to the skills necessary to complete this project, or maybe you've tried them just once or twice before.

masking fluid halloween note cards

Share thoughtful Halloween wishes with family and friends or decorate your home with these easy to create, fun and scary Halloween note cards using masking fluid and watercolor paint.
Step 1

Cover your work surface with a disposable covering.

Step 2

Cut a 9" x 12" [22.8 cm x 30.4 cm] sheet of watercolor paper in half along the long side which will create two 6" x 9" [15.2 cm x 22.8 cm] pieces of paper to use as the postcard. Select the Halloween outlines to be featured on each watercolor note card. Then, sketch free hand (or use a stencil of choice) to draw the images onto the note card surface.

Step 3

To prepare your paintbrush, create a solution of dish soap and water in a cup. Take the brush and dip it in the solution and remove once there is a soapy, slippery film on the brush prior to dipping it into the masking fluid.

Step 4

Begin to fill in the inside of each Halloween outline with the masking fluid. Brush it into the areas where paint will not be applied, or where you want to leave areas of white on the paper. Allow the masking fluid to dry for approximately 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 5

Using painter’s tape, tape all four sides of the card down to the working surface to prevent the paper from bowing while being painted. Apply the tape with a 1/8" [0.3 cm] overlap to leave a nice, clean white border around the postcard once removed.

Step 6

Paint the cards using a round size 10 brush to create a graded wash around each of the drawings. This technique is called a wet on wet wash.
TIP: A wet on wet wash is done by applying wet paint to wet paper. First wet the paper. Then apply the wet paint on top of the wet surface. This technique produces soft edges and is less controlled. It is perfect for creating washes and blending colors.

Step 7

Next, using less water on the brush, apply small strokes of that same color to the outside edges of the drawing. Mixing less water with the color will make the paint more vibrant and saturated. Once dry, the color gradation will go from dark to light working out from the image to the edges of the note cards.

Step 8

To create the faded effect on the outside edges of the cards, do a wipe/lift technique. This is done by taking a rag or paper towel and dabbing the edges of the paper to soak up or “lift” the color up off the paper. Allow note cards to dry completely.

Step 9

To remove the masking fluid, use your fingers to gently rub the masking fluid. It will begin to roll up and come off the paper. Doing this gently and slowly will prevent the paper from tearing. After removal, this is the time to go back and add any additional colors or details.

Step 10

Make sure the paper is completely dry, then slowly and gently begin to take off the painter’s tape.

Step 11

Now that the cards are done, they can be used to make a personal greeting card or as a decoration by stringing them up to hang.

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  • Disposable Table Cloth (or Other Table Covering)
  • 2 - Disposable Cups
  • Water
  • Dish Soap
  • Pencil
  • Paper Towels
  • Optional: Halloween Stencils
  • 1 - Winsor & Newton® Art Masking Fluid (SKU 10019868)
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