Monday 27 June 2016

Combining Brusho with Calligraphy (using Masking Fluid)

Hi everyone. I know I've been missing in action recently but I managed some time in my craft room today.

A while back now I bought some masking fluid. It's been sitting there on my desk feeling very neglected. I'm sure I heard some squeaky voice saying 'Use me! Use me!', and so I did ;)

I wanted to try the masking fluid with my Brushos. I had a little play with some stencils which, honestly, could have gone a little better. Then I tried flicking some fluid onto waterpaper before adding the Brushos. That was a cool effect. But, what I really wanted to try was Calligraphy using the fluid.

Now, I am not very good with a calligraphy pen. I have been practising a little but not near enough. The masking fluid was a little harder, in my opinon, to use than the ink but I perservered. My examples are nowhere near perfect. I don't think they will ever be. The main thing was that I had fun!

The first sample I am going to show you is what NOT to do -

It was hard for me to see what I was actually doing when trying to write because the masking fluid is the same colour as the paper! I realise now that you can get other brands which have a tint in them. Next time....

Once the masking fluid had dried (doesn't take very long), I sprinkled the crystals over the paper and misted it with water. I used my heat gun to speed up the drying process.

Here is what NOT to do - Don't start rubbing off the masking fluid until everything is completely dry! See the 2nd 'a' in fantastic? The paper started to rub away too. Bugger!

So I kept practising and made these two panels - much better!

I still need practice! 

The practice I need is how to control my calligraphy pen. I have no problem with the straight letters but when I want the thinner lines and go in an upward direction, I fall apart!

I guess this sort of thing never needs to be perfect but it would be nice if it were :)

With all things considered, I wasn't too unhappy with the result. If you would like to try this, please do! I would really like to see what you make. 

Here is a card for all us beginners out there -

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges -

Crafting with Dragonflies - Sentiment as the main Focus
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes

Thanks for popping in today. See you soon xx


  1. I can totally see the masking fluid effect, calligraphy will get better with practice!! some lovely bold backgrounds too Kylie! Good to see you on the blog-land, you have been missing ever-since you started the move, hopefully you are fully settled now.

  2. So good to see you today. Calligraphy is on my list of things to try. You've done a great job beginning in my opinion. It must take so much practice. I love your bold beautiful backgrounds.

  3. Thank you for sharing...learnt lots! Calligraphy writing is so hard to do and you've done a great job..thanks x

  4. I love experimentation! Your results are spectacular I will be trying this myself methinks! Thanks for entering this with us at Crafting with Dragonflies.

  5. Great post Kylie - really interesting to read about your trial and error and I think the end result is great. Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next time!

  6. Wow... what a fun technique! I love the final look and your use of the mask and colors. It is always great having you play with us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna

  7. Great cards - all very striking.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafting With Dragonflies.

    Helen x


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