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Techniques For Using A Blow Dryer To Dry Paintings Quickly

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How damp is it?

Patience is a virtue. (yeah, yeah) You can avoid the hassle of a blow dryer if you keep several paintings in process at a time. Work on one for a bit, set it aside and work on another project. It’s like being an artist.

When I’m working on a watercolor painting I usually use a traditional approach using multi-technique underpainting and glazing. I need time between each phase of painting to gauge my next steps. A 10-15 minute break can dry the painting enough to start back to work.

I test the dryness of an area with the back of my hand. Don’t touch! With practice you can feel the cool evaporation of an area that isn’t dry yet by hovering your hand close to the surface. Really.