Tips: Tools to Apply Masking Fluid

 Most often people will use an old brush, incredible nib or Masquepen but depending on the flow, coverage and detail you want. There are a couple of other things you can try.

Lets say you want a nice continual flow of fluid to leave detail areas white. Consider an embossing tool (used for paper, foil, clay etc) or a calligraphy pen, both feel good in your hand and hold a nice amount of fluid. The flow of masking or drawing gum can also depend on the brand you use. Personally I like Pebeo drawing gum because it's thinner and applies easily.

Examples from students

 When signing paintings with a dark backgrounds Karen Richards like to use a Calligraphy pen to her apply masking. Once the composition is created she applies a light wash, lets it dry then signs her name. She will then continue with the painting then when done remove the masking to reveal her signature.

Karen Richards

Calligraphy pen

Pebeo Drawing gum

Revealed signature
To get basically the same results Linda likes to use an embossing tool. Used mainly for paper, foil, clay, leather etc the embossing tool is about 5 1/2 inches long with a wooden handle, stainless steel tips with a small round balls on either end. It holds a nice amount of fluid and flows well.


Embossing tool with wooden handle, stainless steel tip with a small ball on the end

Applying Pebeo masking fluid


  1. Great tips! I don't really know what is embossing tool... I see it for the first time... But I must try with calligraphy pen. Karen's signature looks great!

  2. Thank you so much for this information. I've always avoided masking fluid because I could never make the marks fine enough. Love the use of it for a signature.

  3. Thank you for this information about the Pebeo and the tools; also for the signature idea.

  4. Great informative post. I get more information from this. That information is so helpful to us.Will be visit again on your website.

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  5. Thanks for the mention Birgit. Glad to share this tip with other artists.

    Karen Richardson

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