Keeping method in line with the idea was important else it would quickly sink into the normal. I have what is known a scenic painters Fitch, (it says so on the handle) this has long hogs hair bristles that felt right for the job in hand. With some chosen colours applied in a squish, a dab and a flourish, I stood back to judge the progress.
A mixing of soft grey was made and applied to the background.
Done for now - next time I see wetter paint will be needed, despite or because of the risk that comes with it.