30x30 Day 2 - care for some acrylics?

green pear acrylic painting On Day 2, I was obviously still feeling adventurous :). As a matter of fact, I think I will be adventurous the whole first week! I gave acrylics another chance yesterday, and it didn't turn out as horrible as my last attempt. This time, one of my main objectives was to not overmix the paint once I put it down on the board. It...kind of worked..sometimes. The pear itself has at least two layers of paint on it :).

At this point, painting in heavy body acrylics feels a bit laborious, definitely requiring more effort than watercolor. I know that it's not because acrylics are hard but because I don't have much experience with them. I never took a class or had somebody show me how to do it, so it's just part of figuring it out.

I also finally got to use my new  Masterson Super Pro Palette. It definitely makes a difference - the paint stays wet. I don't think I will ever use styrofoam plates for that purpose again :). This is what the palette looks like:


Masterson Super Pro Palette


The basic idea is a wet sponge on the bottom and special moisture-conducting paper on top. You put your paint on the paper and it stays wet because of this constant supply of moisture. The palette also comes with a lid which can be used as a watercolor palette. I kind of wish it was just a lid, maybe it would make the whole thing a bit lighter. It is pretty heavy for a plastic palette.

Anyway, I intend to do some more acrylic painting in the next 28 days. Maybe I'll try to keep it really smooth next time, or vice versa, use a painting knife. Any tips, comments, suggestions?