How Masking can lead you to Grow Your Creativity?

Most artists are afraid of making mistakes but there is no need to be. Learn how to liberate your watercolour painting and have fun in the process.

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

Join artist Cathy Read in a workshop and learn how to release your creativity.

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


From workshop attendees

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  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 2pm. Some people have even brought a picnic and had a party at lunchtime.


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

Create your own Workshop

Free up your watercolour painting.

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 six of you – my studio won’t take any more. Book a course and arrange the date by calling me on 07818240116 or emailing [email protected]

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 5 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.

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 [email protected]

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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