Acrylic paint dries too quickly

I’ve encountered many artists who’ve expressed frustration with acrylics, and discarded them prematurely.

For those having difficulty with their paint drying too quickly on both palette and substrate, I highly recommend Liquitex Slow-Dri Blending Medium.

Two or three drops added to a dime-sized blob of paint keeps my colors workable for one to two hours. Since thinner films dry faster, it helps to keep the paint mounded (rather than smeared) on the palette.

A little Slow-Dri goes a long way. Excessive amounts cause the paint surface to become permanently tacky.

Another way to slow drying is to add any of the various gels available. However, many require a half-day or more to set, and some become cloudy if disturbed while half-dry.