I was showing my daughter how to make the canvas covered journals and made this one. I used her paints which are the tube acrylics rather than the soft body ones I usually paint with. I followed my usual procedure, rag-rolling a couple of layers for the background then painting in the details – a rough suggestion of tropical foliage. I then turned to the varnish, brushing it on then smoothing it with back-and-forth brush strokes.
I wasn’t paying that much attention to what I was doing, but when I did look a bit more closely at my canvas I realized that my brush strokes with the varnish were actually lifting paint – yikes!
My daughter suggested that I was achieving a nice, if unintended, aged look, almost as though the years and the blowing sand from the nearby imagined beach had picked away at the painting. With nothing I could do to repair the damage, I decided I liked the look.
But the lesson was clear – don’t rush it! Let the paint layers dry. I tend to be a bit impatient, and this time the thicker paint was not so forgiving – and not so fast-drying – as the soft body. Lesson learned? I hope so!