Mask Like a Master Workshop (Up to 6 people) – How to overcome masking fluid problems.


1 day Mask like a Master workshop for between 1 to 4 people.

Flexible time and date. Book workshop here and you will be contacted to arrange a specific date.

Cathy Read finishing Bus Queue painting-©2015 photo by Irene Foster
Cathy Read finishing Bus Queue painting-©2015 photo by Irene Foster
Masking Workshops with Cathy Read
Masking Workshops with Cathy Read


Do you have masking fluid problems?

Most artists are afraid of masking fluid but there is no need to be. Learn how and you’ll liberate your watercolour painting

Come join award winning artist Cathy Read at one of her workshops and take away the fear by addressing all those  masking fluid problems.

Masking workshop photographing the demo


Free up your watercolour painting. A master of masking, Award winning Artist Cathy Read creates distinctive Architectural paintings and will show how she uses masking techniques to make them. All without tearing paper! You will then get the chance to create your own masterpiece, with all the help you need.

If you want to apply paint with freedom to express yourself, then masking will bring a whole new dimension to your art. The trouble with watercolour is that, if you paint white over an area it will never glow as much as the paper itself. To achieve white areas you must spend time painting labouriously around each tiny part you want to stay white. But that’s tedious and can deaden your work by interrupting what should be fluid lines. Masking is the quickest way to keep an area clean and liberate your brush strokes.

Yet many artists hate masking. Why?

Because there are so many masking fluid problems that are never discussed. Common complaints about masking fluid are “It ruins the brush”, “How can I achieve fine lines?”, “It goes all gloopy on me”, “I always tear the paper” and  “It goes all hard in the bottle before I use it.”

End result is a ruined painting and an unhappy artist. Sound familiar?

What can you do?

Good news, there are lots of tips I can show you which will help you to overcome masking fluid problems! Masking is really the only solution in many painting situations and I can show you how to make the experience an enjoyable one.

2015 - Cathy Read - masking removal - digital image

©2015 – Cathy Read – masking removal – digital image


“I attended Cathy’s workshop earlier this year and it was absolutely inspiring, informative fun – not just fun, it was a hoot! I was with three friends, all with different experience levels – professional ceramics artist to beginner – we ALL learned SO much!

Cathy is a wonderful, patient, talented teacher – I will definitely book another session – it would be an amazing gift for a party – we had one on our day, cake and all.


“V. enjoyable. Liked the demonstration. Small course size so lots of attention and help when necessary. V nice day.” (Andrea)

“Thank you, I’ve been stuck with a painting for ages and now I know just what I want to do!” (Mark)

“Absolutely fantastic, had an amazing time. Thoroughly enjoyable.” (Maria)

How it Works,

Come on your own or with a group. The maximum number I can fit in my studio is 4 people.  To book the workshop  Place your order and give me your contact number or email and we can arrange a date that suits you and your friends.


Come and be inspired …

You will get –
1 hour talk and demonstration
1 to 1 instruction as required – so plenty of time to experiment and be guided in the process

All the materials you need will be provided but please bring a drawing board so you can take your work home safely. Many student have come with a pencil image already drawn on watercolour paper. I’d advise using Langton or Bockingford.
Copy of my ebook, based on the course and my blog posts entitled “Mask like a Master!”

Fee is for a one day, 9:00am – 3:00pm  workshop and includes tea and coffee.

Lunch is not provided but there is a pub opposite the Village Hall and the Post office in the Village also has food. Also, if you book a Thursday, the Chippy Van passes by the studio.


Tingewick, Buckinghamshire. (Venue detail will be sent with booking confirmation email)

If you have any questions please ring 07818240116 to chat about any of the courses, and to check availability.

About the Artist:

Master of Masking and Sultan of Splash, Cathy Read is a member of The Society of Women Artists and has exhibited with them and the Royal Watercolour Society in London. In 2015 she received the Barbara Tate Memorial Award at the SWA’s annual exhibition in London. She is a professional artist with a distinctive architectural style who exhibits and sells work in the UK and internationally.

Cathy was a contestant in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year in 2016 and 2017

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