Does anyone use masking fluid?
I work with fluid acrylics, and once I do a drawing I do the color work from the back to the front. When I paint a large area of background, I want to be able to paint with large strokes without getting paint on the foreground and ruining my line work or my ablility to use transparent colors in the foreground.
Right now what I do is get a tiny brush and outline the foreground and work out from there, but this tends to halo the foreground objects, especially when the color has any transparency. This leads to a alot of work to get the big areas of color to smooth out around the edges.
I've heard masking fluid works, but everyone I know says not to use it if you dont have to. ( I dont know why, but this has me scared to experiment with it)
What do any of you traditional artists do to keep large areas of background (like sky) from lapping over the characters in the foreground?
Should I even bother with the masking fluid?