Finally got around to making a post about my most recent masking tools.
I found out about glass pens from the amazing Cécile Brun & Olivier Pichard over at Atelier Sento (3:10 of the video but why not watch the whole thing). Now my set up looks like this:
Glass pen (full size from J Herbin), masking fluid (whatever was at Artco because I didn’t feel like driving the extra 15 mins to get to Michael’s) and a cheap Crayola brush. It’s the most effective set up I’ve had so far!
The drawing gum wipes right off both of these. Standard care not to get any into the ferrule of the brush though.
This stuff is just fine. I used to use Winsor & Newton but it’s hard to compare because I used it so infrequently and with different tools (how many brushes did I ruin…). I can say this seems to dry a bit stiffer and comes off less in one pull and more like little crumbles you have to systematically rub off. I also learned that (at least with the type of cheap paper I’m using) the painting has to be bone dry before taking off the gum or you risk tiny fiber tear outs at random. It can be applied above finished areas if it is taken off after the gum has completely dried. I have no complaints about its performance!