Workshops – Mask like a master

©2015 - Cathy Read - Bus Queue - Watercolour and Acrylic - 55x75 cm Removing masking at MK fanfare exhitiion
Cathy at work removing masking fluid.

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

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

Known as the master of masking and dubbed the sultan of splash, 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

Book your place now.

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.


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.

©2015 - Cathy Read - masking removal - digital image
©2015 – Cathy Read – masking removal – digital image


“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 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.


Come and be inspired …

You will get –
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!”

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.



Cathy Read’s 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.

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

Looking for a unique Birthday Gift?

If you book a space for a loved one!

You can also get a Acrylic ink and masking starter kit for £30 (These will need to be ordered 2 weeks before the course starts) Please order separately.

Book your place.


Mask like a master!


Learn how to mask like a master and free your painting as a result. Gain the confidence to take risks and bring more to your paintings. No experience necessary.


Email paymentemail to reserve your place with a proposed date and I will send you an invoice.


Want to me to come to your group?

If you’d like to inquire about booking me to run a workshop for you or a group then please contact me on 07818240116 or email















11 Replies to “Workshops – Mask like a master”

  1. The link to these appeared on my fb page. Looks amazing, love to do both workshop but please where are they held ? Presume you are in UK or very early riser in USA ?

    1. Hi Carolyn,
      Thanks for your enthusiastic response. Yes, I’m based in the UK, the workshops are held at my studio at West Well farm in Tingewick, near Buckingham, Bucks, MK18 4BD. Hope this helps, would love to see you if you can come. Please do not hesitate to ask any other questions you may have. Cathy

      1. Thank you , looks good but you are just too far away. Hope they go well.

        1. That’s a shame, thanks for expressing an interest though. Hope you find what you’re looking for.

  2. Andy Latham says:

    Any opportunity for a “block release” style course over a weekend or long weekend (eg: Friday – Sunday or Sat – Sun)?

    What would the cost / opportunity be for a one day 1 to 1 course for a day?

    Work prevents me committing to 5 sessions…but really keen to attend somehow!!

    1. Hi Andy,
      Yes I could do a one day event. I’ve emailed you with details.

  3. Hi yes I would be interested in a weekend course as I have work commitments. Could you please send me details as well

  4. Jan Cannon says:

    Hi Cathy,

    I am an art teacher and I would love to get you in to work with our students. Do you do this at all?

    Jan Cannon

  5. Jen Davies says:

    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.


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