Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Blondheim Art Original Paintings
acrylic on linen panel
See my paintings HERE
Art Notes Blog HERE
For acrylic painters
If you carry a small mister with you out in the field, it will give you a bit more painting time before acrylics dry. I like to put a few drops of acrylic retarder in the bottle of water and shake it up. You can do the same thing with the gel retarder, just shake it a bit longer. If you are uing a non-stay wet palette, spray a mist of the retarder/water over the bare palette. Load your palette with paint and then spray over the paint again. It will last quite a while. Don't put out more paint than you can use in 15 minutes. Better to reload the palette frequently than to waste big globs of paint.
I also put drops of retarder in my brush washing water. It helps to make the paint last. I never put the retarder directly in the paint. That changes the paint texture and it becomes yucky.
Lastly, You can also spray directly onto your canvas to keep it workable.