The A – Z of Artful Journaling: M is for Masking

Masking is a great way of adding texture and shape to your journaling pages. Masking is simply to covering an area with something to prevent paint or ink colouring that area. Here are a few ways I use masking in my artful journaling. Click on the images for a closer look.




Spray paint or ink through a stencil, remove the stencil and then dry it with a hairdryer or heat tool.



Use craft punches to punch out shapes from card, place the shapes on your journal page and spray with paint or ink. To prevent smudging and smearing, it’s a good idea to use tweezers to pick up the masks afterward.


You can use art masking fluid in your journal. (Test it on a sacrificial page first to make sure it’s not going to ruin your paper.) Masking fluid often comes in pots, bottles and pens. Each one has its pros. With pens and bottles, you can draw and write freehand or using a stencil. With the pots you can dip in paint brushes (Not your best ones!) or even toothbrushes. You can then paint or splatter onto the page.





Once the masking fluid is dry, you can paint over it with watercolour or other water-based media. And once the paint is dry, you can remove the masking fluid with an eraser or just by gently rubbing your finger over it.





For a really crisp edge, you can use tape as a mask – masking tape and washi tape are the best, as they are designed to peel off without damaging the paper. This method is ideal for applying ink as you can simply smooth it over the tape as if it wasn’t there. You can also cut or tear bits of card or paper into any shape and place them on the paper before spraying with paint or ink. Again, use tweezers to pick up the mask.





Wood-chip shapes make excellent masks. Obviously, the darker the spray you use, the lighter the un-sprayed area will appear.





Peel-off stickers also make great masks and work especially well with ink applicators. Again, test this method to make sure it won’t tear your paper.





You can make a mask out of all sorts of things. Take a look through your recycling bin and rummage through old food packaging. I used a piece of cardboard from a packet of lasagna once!





So, how about you? What do you use as masks when you journal? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading! Bye for now. xxx

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