Where we talk Frisket…

…and how it can play nice with Acrylics.



Hello and welcome to Art A&A, Art Answers & Ampersands. I am fielding an art question today.

This is off the blog and Vishna from Toronto asks:

“Can I use frisket with acrylics?”

Vishna, yes you can – but you have to use it differently than you would for watercolour. With watercolour you apply it, let it dry and paint whatever leave it there for a couple days whatever you want then remove it with masking tape or a rubber cement pickup.

However you can’t do that with acrylics because acrylic it has in it a polymer resin that is the binder and it creates a unified plastic film essentially. So if you tried to remove your frisket or masking fluid from the acrylics after you’ve painted over it when it’s dry it will tear and it will not give you a nice edge and it’s kind yicky.

So there’s two ways that you can get around this:

  • one is put down your friskrit, friskrit? no, put down your frisket (and this includes the adhesive backed paper one that you’d use for airbrushing as well like a frisket sheet or roll) so put down your masking fluid or frisket put down your mask and then paint your acrylics


  •  while it’s wet you can peel it up okay and that will give you a nice crisp edge with whatever you’re working on him because the paint is still wet and so hasn’t yet made a film over top of your frisket


The second way which I prefer just because,  it’s not easier it’s just easier for me to control as I find that when I’m picking frisket off of wet paint it just a nightmare so:


  • I use frisket and will let the paint dry


  • then I’ll go in actually with a very sharp Exacto knife or is scalpel blade is the best and I will cut all around the frisket paper and then peel it off and then you’ve got a nice crispy edge and its beautiful


Okay so I hope that helps saves you from any yicky, teary edges with your frisket and saved your white areas or whatever you want on your acrylic paint

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    cheryl says:

    i am a novice painter. last year I began aa acrylic painting on canvas on which I applied some clear masking fluid. This year I got the painting out to finish it. i can not get the masking off. i have tried the special eraser, Goof Off & an alcohal based goo remover for paper. i also tried Masters Brush Soap & WD40. Nothing moves it. My final idea is to finish the painting & seal it with a gloss finish (since the mask looks glossy). thinking maybe the mask will not show up. without a remedy for this mistake, my painting is ruined. any ideas are very welcome!

    Lezley says:

    Hi Cheryl,

    Thanks for your question and I feel your pain.

    I tested out several masking fluids and found that almost all will adhere permanently to our paint surfaces within about 3 months. However, Winsor & Newton’s masking fluid peeled off after 3 YEARS! (Except it stained my surface yellow because it has that yellow indicator colour in it). In my experience, the more frisket I put on initially – the easier it is to get off.

    The only thing you could try that might still work is to create a little dried ball of masking fluid to peel it up. Pour out a little of your masking fluid into a dessert plate. Let it dry. Then peel it up and squish it together to make a blob. Now rub that over your dried masking fluid. It REALLY sticks to itself – so that might work…

    Your idea to finish the painting and seal it with gloss is excellent. That will work fine and it’s so lucky that you chose a clear masking fluid!!

    Good luck!

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