View Full Version : Incrdible Nib? Anyone use it? REACTIVATED

08-26-2000, 05:45 PM
I sometimes buy things without knowing how to use them in the off chance that I will figure it out on my own.....lol Well, I bought an Incredible Nib, and of course it didn't come with instructions. I still have not figured it out, and would like any advice you all might have. I do know that it is used in watercolor.


08-28-2000, 12:45 AM
Hi Sassy,
The so-called Incredible Nib is made by the folks that make Incredible White Mask. These folks have the gall to actually try and sell you a book on how to use the nib. Geez. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif I didn't buy the book, but did get the nib free with a large jar of the masking fluid. The manufacturer says you should wet it, before dipping into the masking fluid, kind of a waste of time, since the water rolls off...
I think I used mine 3 or 4 times, before the edges on one end and the point on the other end, started to crumble.
Then I tossed it in the trash. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/mad.gif



Artworks by Gisela Towner (http://www.artistnation.com/members/paris/gisela)

08-28-2000, 12:55 AM
Gisela, thank you so much. I was at a loss as to what to do with it. Now I know, in the bin it goes.....lol I use makeup liner brushes that I get for free from a cousin to put masking fluid on, and they clean up well with a little soapy water. That nib cost me nearly $8.00. What a waste! Then you say they want you to buy a book on how to use it.
That is gouging as far as I am concerned.


08-28-2000, 05:00 AM
Sassy... used my nib a few times for lifting colors, but not with the masking fluid. I prefer to use brushes for that. The beveled edge came in handy for pulling color - but again, have a brush that works better. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

08-28-2000, 01:06 PM
CC, I have found my brushes do better at lifting color too. How on earth did this nib get such a reputation when it isn't worth the materials it is made of much less the price they charge for something they don't even tell you how to use? lol I do get on the band wagon from time to time.


08-29-2000, 06:27 AM
not sure how it got this crazy reputation, but do know folks use it in other mediums i.e. pastels etc.. but have not done that myself. LOL go figure eh? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol
PS: You know of course, soon as you trash it some awesome task will appear that only this nib could do... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

[This message has been edited by oleCC (edited August 29, 2000).]

08-29-2000, 10:30 AM
Is this nib different from the hard rubber chiseled things? (whatever they are called?)
that you can use. I have one of those and love it for putting the frisket down. the point makes it possible to do tiny spots and the edge worked great for a long thin line. I could never get that with a brush. And it cleaned off by just rubbing the dried frisket off...didn't stick at all. I always hated cleaning my brush after having it in frisket (and I used the same one all the time)

08-30-2000, 12:45 AM
CH, this isn't rubber. It is some fiberous material. I haven't tried it with frisket yet.

08-30-2000, 07:33 AM
Carly...I'll show you mine when I see you in VA...think it is rubber, but my liner brush works better for things like you describe.
I always soap before and after use .. haven't lost a good brush yet...LOL http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

08-30-2000, 04:26 PM
Glad to hear that the rubbery tool works. I've tried the nib - it's kinda like an orange stick you use for nails (or did in the old days) but it's hard to rub all the mask off even though I used soap. We'll have to compare.

03-11-2008, 11:11 PM
The incredible Nib is used by the well know watercolorist (NITA ENGLE) who wrote the book, "How to make a watercolor paint itself,". I have never heard of dipping it into the masking fluid. No.....it is used by itself and will literally lift the paint leaving very nice light spots. It is a felt type of material, like in felt pens. But with no ink. That is why it works to lift up color.:wave: Do not dip into chemicals, ...that is not good for it. only some water will get it going.

03-11-2008, 11:15 PM
Another thing I found really lifts color from small detail is by using another piece of watercolor paper,dampening the place you want to lighten. I have cut it to a point and really got lighter spots in eyes that way.
I want to try the Nib.

rue d'oak
03-12-2008, 01:12 AM
This is an older thread (August 2000) which has been reactivated.

06-29-2008, 01:15 AM
Hey there, Sassybird! :wave: I also purchased the Incredible Nib and after the first go, it became a part of my incredible garbage bin :evil: ! I was so disappointed...It was so fibrous and completely useless :( ! I found the best are the Shaper 'brushes to be amazing (check out Jerry's Artarama). They have a "shaped" solid silicone tip that can be used for sculpting, inking, acrylic/oil painting...you name it! I find a small one for detail work is great and bigger ones for full masks. :thumbsup:

The beauty is, there are no bristles to ruin and the frisket peels off without any stress of ruining it! Just make sure to use a kneadable eraser carefully when peeling off your mask - :eek: I find it works best because it doesn't 'tooth' your paper and damage the finish.

Good luck and Happy painting! :clap: