|Read below for the details on keeping acrylic paints wet and workable without a stay wet palette|
|Since I’ve been experimenting with portraits, I mixed up a fairly sizeable batch of flesh tones. And these leftovers are over two weeks fresh still. Pretty cool, eh?|
|In general I am not a big fan of retarders. Never worked well for me when I mixed them into the paints themselves, but for adding several drops to my water sprayer, this product is great.|
So, in review, I am able to keep my acrylic paints nice and wet and workable WITHOUT A MESSY STINKY STAY WET PALETTE. This is one reason why I finally, at long last, fell in love with acrylics and made watermedia my home base. I can no longer work with oils but had to overcome my resistance to fast drying acrylics and incorporate some of the tools I loved about working with oils. By gum, I think I’ve done it!
Hopefully these tips will help you stay friendly with acrylics during your summer months. I will likely continue to use the Liquitex Slow Dri Blending Gel in the winter months too, but cut way back from my current 50/50 mix. Another suggestion was to get a personal humidifier for my art desk. Interesting idea….