The Sacred Heart design is approved, and as with all icons, it all begins with getting the wood cut. Unfortunately, I can no longer get 1/2 sheets of Baltic Birch Ply!. I only needed a 24" x 32" panel but had to purchase a full sheet that is 60" x 60"!
So after getting the 24"x32" piece cut, I now have a lot of extra Baltic Ply to keep safely stored, in the hope that it will eventually get used with other commissions that I don't know about yet.
I've sealed the ply with a coat of gel medium. It helps to adhere the muslin onto the board when the board isn't soaking up the acrylic medium which I've dipped the muslin in, and minimizing air pockets. It gives me more time (not a lot) to work the cloth on the board and sides of the board. This is always a messy phase. I'll be doing that tomorrow morning.
I so look forward to this new Blackfoot Sacred Heart Icon.
Doesn't matter how many years you do this phase of adhering the muslin onto the board, it is always trying, fast, and messy!