Masking Fluid: Fineline Resist Pen

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  • #130841
     Susan Cuss 
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    @susan-cuss-1

    I like using masking fluid to save my whites, or lighter washes, But, I hated messing up old brushes, and I found the applicators too bulky for the fine lines I sometimes wanted. So, I recently treated myself to a Fineline Resist Pen. Yes, it’s pricey, but I’m hopeful it can be refilled.

    So what makes this special? It has a self-cleaning system. There’s a fine tube the resist comes out of so it can be applied to your paper. Inside the blue cap is a really fine metal bar that fits inside the applicator tube and prevents it from getting gunked  up with the resist. I really like the fine lines it can make.

    The above photo shows 5 exercises on a page 7″ x 10″. You can see just how fine the lines can be using the Fineline applicator. I’ve been having fun playing!

    #130844
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    I have some of the empty Fineline Applicator bottles with same system, but a smaller tip I think.  I’ve looked at the reviews and they’re mixed.  It seems that some mediums work well, but others still clog, so if you go to refill it will probably be important to get a masking fluid with similar consistency.  I’ll be interested to see if it works.

    #130880
     Susan Cuss 
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    @susan-cuss-1

    It’ll be a while before I empty this one, so I’ll find out then if it can be properly refilled. I wonder what can be used to thin regular masking fluid? I’ll have to try looking that up for future reference.

    #130886
     Mary Roff 
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    @mary-roff

    I tried using this masking fluid and loved the fine lines.  I made sure to rinse the tip out after using it and replaced the cap with the wire to supposedly keep the tip from clogging and it still clogged.  so far I haven’t found anything the correct, tiny diameter to ream out the tip to make it work.  If anybody has any suggestions for keeping that tip open or for re-opening the tip I would love to hear them.

    #130905
     Teri Casper 
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    @teric

    This is interesting because I haven’t used masking fluid in years, it was always such a mess that I gave up.

    Thanks for showing this Susan.

    #130920
     Kate Powell 
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    @kate-powell

    I use this all the time.  What you have to do:

    Shake before using.

    When you are putting it away, push the tip through the needle several times until there is no resistance.

    Store it tip down — I have a small cup I keep it in.

    This usually makes it last for a long time… I’ve not been able to reuse the tips — I just buy them each time.

    #130921
     Anonymous

    @kate-powell if that’s your sunflower. It’s brill!

    #130932
     Kate Powell 
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    @kate-powell

    Thanks Rod!

    #130937
     Susan Cuss 
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    @susan-cuss-1

    Thanks for those great tips, Kate! Awesome sunflower!

    #130938
     Mary Roff 
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    @mary-roff

    Thanks, Kate.  I will try your suggestions.  Love the sunflower!!!!

    #130997
     Kate Powell 
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    @kate-powell

    Thank you for the sunflower compliments!

    #131856
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    I bought myself one of these, and a set of the Molotow markers so I can try both of them out.  The Molotow markers haven’t arrived, but I used the fineliners.  Very nice!  But – oooh.  The smell! Maybe just me, but the ammonia smell seemed stronger than what I’m used to.

    #131866
     Jill Gustavis 
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    @jill

    Sandra, I love the Molotow marker I have, especially that it’s blue, so I can see it. I also have a jar of Schminke orange masking fluid which works well and I apply/remove with a rubber shaper pen. I recently tried the Daniel Smith masking fluid with the tip applicator and am not impressed, maybe I didn’t shake it enough, but the consistency was all over the place and then it stained my paper yellow when I removed it the very next day. This may be because I was using it on cellulose paper (I’ve heard that can experience staining), but even if I can only use it on cotton, overall not as easy as the Molotow markers. I haven’t tried this Fineline brand though, maybe I’ll try that if I need something finer than the marker tip.

    #132021
     Donna Giannattasio 
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    @donna-giannattasio

    I would love to get fine lines!  Has anyone tried pebeo masking pens?

    #132025
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    I haven’t tried the Pebeo masking pen, but I used their bottled fluid.  I like it because it dries so fast, and doesn’t smell as bad as some masking fluids, but it also dries in the bottle so I’m not sure I’d get the pen.

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