When your undercoat goes down, some people are too timid: they “badger” too gently. Like they were dusting a priceless china vase. Like they were frightened they might break their glass.
Like they don’t really want to blend.
But let me tell you this: that’s not the way to do it.
Timid is no good
If your undercoat needs blending, you must be decisive, confident.
Not timid. Not fearful.
You must get the job done quickly while you can – while your paint’s still wet enough to move around.
Which usually means sweeping across from all directions. Boldly.
But actually there’s something else as well
Indeed. Yes, you sweep across from all directions. But there’s something else as well.
Something which the folks who “dust” are missing.
And it’s crucial.
Line of sight
Yes. It’s also about your eyes, what they can see.
If you’re “dusting” (as I shall bluntly call it), your hands are in the way.
The answer is: get your hands right to the side so you see clearly, in between each sweep of your badger, where next to blend.
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