Oh, dear. Yesterday’s progress on the retablo was not smooth sailing. The liquid acrylic pigments dry almost instantly on the plate, so there isn’t much time to blend or scumble. And at 8″ x 10″, the image requires small brushes, which I don’t have, so I’m using an old synthetic watercolor brush, which doesn’t have much body to stand up to the heavy liquid. The dried paint has a rugged, crusty texture, which I find undesirable.
After 3 years of working solely in watercolor, I’d forgotten just how messy and nasty acrylic paints are in comparison. Clean up and set up take a significant chunk of the work period. I’m totally dissatisfied with where this thing is at right now, and having a serious re-think about what to do next, or even if this project is something to abandon all together.
Wondering if it’s time to punt.