Working Acrylics more efficiently
The recent post on drying time prompted some ideas to working faster:
ORGANIZE YOUR PAINTS: Organizing your paints will buy you more time to paint with your quickly drying paints instead of fumbling around for the right tube, especially outdoors.
I organize my paints on binder rings by color - yellows, blues, reds, earths. The Liquitex tubes have a hole punched out in the bottom for the rack display which is very handy. Repair torn holes and add non-liquitex brands with duct tape. Pick up paints by the ring,not the tubes.
MAKE YOUR OWN COLOR MIXING GUIDE.
I have filled a Raffine heavy paper sketch book with color mixes so I can zoom in on that "special mix. For example, If I am painting a sky, I flip to the "Blue Sky pageand I can look at the the paint swatches with tints and darening for for all the major blues - cerulean, cobalt, phtalo and ultramarine and quickly pick the right mix for my need. Dito for mixed greens, flesh tones, mixed neutrals, etc. Every time I get a new tube, I add a paint patch and perhaps some experimentation. Ditto for new mixes either accidentally or from an instruction book. Side benefit - you begin to realize which tubes of paint you really need and which are just convenience blends, also cross compare blending results against oil based paints.