Would you like to Mask like a Master?

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

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

Come join artist Cathy Read in a workshop and take the fear out of masking.

Cathy’s distinctive work makes heavy use of masking fluid. As a result of all that masking, she knows how to get the best out of this useful technique.

How it works.

You choose the time and the company. Gather a group of friends -up to four of you – my studio won’t take any more. Book a date by calling me on 07818240116 or email cathy@cathyreadart.com

Free up your watercolour painting.

Ruling pen with masking fluid Cathy Read - ©2016 digital-image

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.

Why do many artists hate masking?

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” “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 to will help you to overcome these issues! Masking is really the only solution and I can show you how to make the experience an enjoyable one.

Cathy Read removing masking on Modrian style painting ©2015--digital-image
Workshop in progress ©2018 - Cathy Read - Workshop at studio - digital image 2

Testimonials

From workshop attendees
"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. WORTH EVERY PENNY AND MORE – INSPIRATIONAL!"
Workshop in progress ©2018 - Cathy Read - Workshop at studio - digital image 2
Jen Davies
2018
"V. enjoyable. Liked the demonstration. Small course size so lots of attention and help when necessary. V nice day."
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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
Workshop in progress ©2018 - Cathy Read - Workshop at studio - digital image 2
Workshop at Cathy's Studio

How it Works​

Come on your own or with a group of up to 3 friends. Just place your order online and give me your contact number or email and we can arrange a date that suits you and your friends.

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What it involves

Come and be inspired ...

You will receive-

  • 1 hour talk and demonstration
  • 1 to 1 instruction as required
  • All the materials you need will be provided but please bring a drawing board so you can take your work home safely
  • Copy of my brand new ebook, based on the course and my blog posts entitled “Mask like a Master!”
Masking removal Battersea Reflections -©2019- Cathy Read -Watercolour and Acrylic WIP

Fee is for a one day, 6 hour workshop and includes tea and coffee.

Lunch is not provided but there is a pub and the Post office in the Village which have food. If you book a Thursday the Chippy van comes around about 1pm. Some people have even brought a picnic and had a party at lunchtime.

Venue

Cathy Read’s Studio, Tingewick, Buckinghamshire.

(Venue details will be sent with booking confirmation email)

If you have any questions please ring 07818240116 to chat about any of the courses.

Cathy Read painting during Landscape Artist of the Year Competition - Courtesy Storyvault Films
Cathy Read

About Cathy

Cathy Read creates vibrant Metropolitan perspectives of iconic architecture. She 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

Workshop with Cathy Read

Would you like me to come to your art group?

For enquiries about booking a talk or workshop for you or a group then please contact me on 07818240116 or email cathy@cathyreadart.com

Masking workshop photographing the demo

Looking for a unique Birthday Gift?

Why not book a space for a loved one?

You can also get an Acrylic ink and masking starter kit for £30 (These will need to be ordered 2 weeks before the course starts) Please email how many are required and pay at the event.


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