If I spray a coat of oil based varnish can I then paint on top of this with acrylic paint. I’m also wondering how long to let the painting dry before applying the seal. Your advice will be much appreciated. Much of the same advice applies to varnishing an oil painting. Thanks in advance! Step 10 – Affix the shipping label to the package and put clear tape over the label so it doesn’t get removed during shipment. I make mixed media pieces, stretched canvas with acrylics, watercolor ground from Daniel Smith — an absorbent ground that allows me to use water soluble inks and watercolor paint, pastels, pencil, colored pencil, etc. You can apply a satin coat ontop to lessen the sheen, this will lessen the intensity of the colours and make the darks appear slightly lighter. I have been told that I should seal the wood first so it doesnt crack as it drys out. I applied two coats in opposite directions. However the result was almost nil so I purchased a bottle of gloss varnish. No, a sponge has the tendency to cause froth and bubbles in the isolation coat, but can be used when applying certain water-based varnishes. Polymer Varnish with UVLS (Ultraviolet Light Stabilizers) is a waterborne acrylic polymer varnish that dries to a protective, flexible, dust resistant surface over acrylic paint. Hi Will, I didn’t notice anyone else asking this so – I’ve been restoring a table using acrylic paints and to finish sprayed it with what I thought was an Acrylic Matte Clear coat. I thank you in advance for any information and advice you can give me. This helps delay the inevitable fading that occurs in materials that may be fugitive in nature. Can I resolve the issue by applying another coat of varnish?? Hi Will, I have been painting for a few years now and discovering new ideas and learning on my own. Gloss mediums and varnishes may leave an objectionable reflective sheen on the surface, but tend to maximize colour intensity and contrast. If so do you have a varnish you would recommend. A small trial run is always advisable as all varnishes differ from manufacture to manufacture. The two-part system is good for artists that have specific requirements and need to be able to adjust how thick or thin the varnish is. Hope this helps. You wouldn’t need to apply a coat of isolation coat and then varnish ontop. Linda. GOLDEN Polymer Varnish with UVLS (Ultra Violet Light Stabilizers) is a water-based acrylic polymer varnish formulated to provide additional protection from ultraviolet radiation. I can’t match them to the shinery one which is no good since it is all one painting when it hangs.!! Good news Jaime, pleased the extra coat of varnish fixed it. 2.How to apply an Isolation Coat to an acrylic painting 3. I touch briefly on the pros and cons of a sponge on this article: Q. So stupidly tried to paint on with a brush the liquid version of the liquitex gloss causing instant bubbles. Sanding between varnish layers if often done on painted furniture where you’re after a smooth finish over a smooth paint application. Hi Lisa, yes, you can apply more layers to the surface to even out the finish. Thanks Will, I actually had a older painting in my studio that was shipped the same way. 2. Hi Patrica, I’d go for a Gloss Polymer Varnish, which will give you a higher gloss finish. Given that my finished paintings are often not waterproof, how would you recommend varnishing? :) I also wish you could help me with opinions with a project am working on. Can I paint over this and then re-varnish, or do I have to remove the varnish first? They would be sold, so no maintenance would be preferred. I would go for compressed air and a soft brush, A ‘rocket blower’ used for cleaning photography sensors can also be a good method for smaller paintings or even a cool hair dryer. Hope this helps, Will. Cheers, Will, Hi Will, I’m wondering if you have any advice on sealing oil paintings. I would like to isolate & preserve my monochrome underpainting (grissaille) so I can paint the colors over the top without having the 2 layers interact. Hi Will, I have been trying to find the answer to my questions about fixatives on line and this thread looked like it was headed in the right direction. If you’re painting is very dark I’d make a test canvas just painted black and try a few alternatives of varnish, this is the safest way to go to guarantee you won’t have any clouding with the varnish. Hi Linda, the milky look is usually caused by the matting agent (which is white). Increase colour saturation 5. Gloss varnish is super shiny and the level of sheen to the gloss can vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer. Try a couple of test pieces, one with an isolation coat and one without to see which you prefer. I would like to tone down their brightness and give them a more vintage look…can I add any tint to the varnish, and if so, any suggestions? I would make a small test piece first just with the silver pen and then varnish just over that and see if it smudges. are most people using varnishes doing whole paintings? Will it make my painting less clear which I definitely don’t want? Could you please suggest me what kind of varnish could be used ? I have applied imitation gold leaf onto a thinly painted acrylic ground. Have done several paintings for my grandchildren and always just put the varnish on – hope I haven’t ruined them. Apply further coats until you have the finish you want. It is a horse portrait with lots of dark areas. Hi Lina, the matte varnish would have been applied but would have looked like a matte sheen, it still would have been protected, just not a glossy finish. Opps! Cheers. Golden Polymer Varnish with UVLS (UltraViolet Light Stabilizers) is a waterborne acrylic polymer varnish that dries to a protective, flexible, dust-resistant surface. Oh okay, I will look for one specifically for acrylics. I think it might not have dried enough. They all pretty much said same thing. What a shame, there is a solution, but it would involve adding a lot more coats of varnish until the levels have evened out again ( some oil paintings have over 20 coats of varnish to create a glass like sheen). These paintings need to last as close to forever as is possible. As soon as the varnish is touch dry underneath you can spray ontop. Likewise, do cold outdoor temperatures affect the Gel and/or varnish coats? Just what I was looking for!! Do I need to put an isolation coat on the acrylic, then matte varnish and THEN place the copper leafing, then seal the leafing? The varnish literally thickened into a cloudy slime in seconds. Hi will Came across your article and find it very helpful. If the varnish layer is very thick and the painting gets knocked, this can cause cracking, but its usually on Dammar based varnishes that have become brittle over time, how many layers of varnish where applied? What about applying Golden Soft Gel (matte) for the isolation coat? The use of such a removable varnish provides a valuable tool to anyone trying to restore or clean a painting.”. It won’t be as hard wearing as say a yacht varnish but can be easily re-applied. Cheers, Will. This doesn’t happen every time, just if the matting agent isn’t mixed thouroughly in. This is particularly noticeable on blacks. Will using a matte varnish fix this problem? If you could help me out with that it would be greatly appreciated! Does this change your advice? mess, and over-paint (with a different brand) so that the painting is almost exactly restored to the way it looked before the disaster. 28 0 obj Two to three coats should provide substantial coverage although more may be applied if necessary. I am finishing a large painting for a client that is in acrylics. In an attempt to salvage the painting I grabbed a clean cloth, soaked it inwater and wiped off the varnish……and parts of the painting. Hi Addison, usually a few days after you’ve varnished you’ll be fine. I want to paint acrylics over the top now, and I understand that if I use an MSA varnish, I can do this. Thanks soo much, Will!!! I will take that to mind. After the isolation coat has thoroughly dried, you can then varnish your painting. I varnished a piece recently and they looked great, but then I put them away in storage and a few of them got imprints from the wax paper between them. I am an amateur artist but do a some commissions for folk too. %PDF-1.4 as it can sometimes take a couple of weeks for the paint to be fully ‘locked’ so any other layers ontop wouldn’t affect them. Is it too late to apply the isolation coat? I would like to start off by saying thank you for your many insightful pieces on isolation coats and varnishing acrylics on this website. I have had past paintings “Sink”, and have restored them with a Golden medium mixed with a closely matched and applied repainting, but unfortunately, I didn’t have access to the product immediately, so, now I just want to apply some permanent and quick coats to saturate and pop the colors again, without having to repaint. I am currently making a large sculpture that will be cast in resin. Note: Always wear a chemical spray mask while varnishing, and mount an exhaust fan in a window.Keep the airbrush about 6-8″ away from the original. Hi Ann, nice to hear from you, mmm I’m not sure why the cracks have appeared so early on. Can you offer advice on using varnish on a painting that is on resin; is the Golden range of varnishes still recommended for this? such as a cold wax or beeswax? The polymer gloss can dry off quite quickly when you’re working so appreciate it isn’t the easiest varnish to apply on larger areas, have you tried any of the MSA or Gamvar varnishes at all? Since gloss varnish would impact on the aesthetic appeal of the artwork, are there any alternatives to gloss varnish? Any feedback would be appreciated. (I want to obtain a gloss finish). Use long, even strokes, covering the surface top to bottom while moving from one side to the other - don't go over bits you have missed but leave to dry and then re-varnish area While applying, look for surface bubbles and even them out immediately Apply up to three thin coats, allowing at least three hours dry time between coats How not to use it My question is – have you ever used a sponge to apply varnish to paintings? I am having issues on deciding which varnish to use, be it satin or matte? Thank you! Some polymer painting mediums like the Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish can be used for both. Hi Charles, the varnish would be applied right at the end of the painting process, so the canvas would have already been stretched onto the stretcher bars. Thank you again. Hallo again: the short answer is yes and no: I’ve not been able to replicate the smearing effect, because I took precautions against it, but I do think I’ve found the cause, both from my tests and from talking to the paint manufacturer, and a consultant to a paint manufacturer who is himself a painter in acrylic. Hi Shawn, I usually work in sections for large scale paintings and work towards a line or shape that will hide any joins, for example, painting from the sky down to the horizon line, and then from the horizon line to the bottom of the painting. It is surprisingly sticky and is also available as a Matte medium which might give a better aesthetic for your sketchbook project. If you have a matte/gloss combo from the same tub of matte varnish its due to the varnish not being mixed thoroughly before applying. Hello, Thanks for all your wonderful information. I want to be able to say my work is protected from UV damage/fading but now I notice the Golden polymer mediums and gel mediums also say they offer some UV protection. I paint in acrylics, I do use an isolation coat and 3 coats of vanish. You can protect the surface by applying a varnish as detailed in the article. The word ‘saponification’ comes to mind … what do you think? – I’ve been painting on canvas, canvas board and paper with Acrylic, can I varnish them all with same technique? Golden Fluid Acrylics seem to be the right choice for this application. You will surely be doubly blessed. Pro tip: The isolating layer is also of critical importance when applying a matte varnish over an absorbent surface to prevent a cloudy or “frosted” appearance from occurring. I really appreciate your help. When an isolation coat and varnish are applied correctly, the painting will be able to be cleaned easily. or go straight on with the varnish? Now I applied varnish paint on it but it was dissolved because that pen line was not dried enough. Thank you very much! First, each of these three murals measure 8′ X 12′ so they are huge, which is a factor when applying the protective coats. satin varnish will contain a small amount of matting agent (which is white but dries clear) so when you first paint it on it can look milky, but it will dry clear. Will my choice of a GLOSS varnish affect the clarity/”readability” of the messages on the black canvas? The isolation coat is more for ease and smoothness of application of the varnish and removal of the varnish. I toned a canvas with oil paint a year ago, but ended up not using it. having varnishes onto wooden surfaces can be tricky due to the tackiness left with some painting varnishes. Hi Will, I put an isolation coat on my painting, waited a few days and then brushed on Golden Satin Varnish per the instructions. Different techniques possibly? /MediaBox [0 0 612 792] Thanks again. 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Hi Velma, unfortunately, once the varnish has dried on the edges you would have to use a varnish remover to smooth back the surface, if it’s only slight you could try a practice piece on a scrap piece of paper with super fine sandpaper, but sanding can tend to make the gloss surface of a varnish go matte and then leave you with an uneven surface aesthetic. But it’s a brand I’ve used for many years now, and is known as a fine-grained acrylic which can also be reduced to an ink or watercolour consistency. – If not, can I paint with Acrylic on top of it directly or I need to prepare the canvas first? Cheers, Will, Hello! I used Liquitex gloss varnish (acrylic polymer emulsion) and was told that I can simply clean the brush with soap and water. Let me know if you find out any recommendations from them. How can I gently and safely get the surface back to a smooth finish – Or is it too late now to fix it? -Shawn. Thank you Will. I’d like to varnish it, but am unsure how to go about it. 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