HOW TO PROTECT A PAINTING FROM DUST AND DIRT LIKE A NINJA!

An oil painting can take a lot of hard work, love and patience to finish. If you want to protect it from the elements, consider varnishing it (FYI, some people don't. But I do.)

 

YOUR PAINTING DESERVES PROTECTION 

The problem: Traditional varnishes like Dammar could only be used on oil paintings that were completely dry or cured. This can take up to 6 to 12 months. Frankly, I don't have time for that.

The solution: Gamvar Picture Varnish by Gamblin is a new synthentic varnish which can be applied to an oil painting when it is dry to the touch and still not completely cured.

Not only can I varnish my painting sooner - when I feel like the thickest parts of it is dry to the touch - I also like Gamvar because it doesn't stink, has a watery consistency and doesn't leave brushmarks. It can also be removed at a later date if needed.

What are the perks of varnishing?

  • It will protect your painting from dust and dirt.
  • It will unify the sheen of your painting. You can choose to go matt or glossy. I choose glossy.
  • It will freshen up your colors.

These are the two things I need to varnish:

Gamvar Picture Varnish by Gamblin + Soft Nylon Flat brush (size 12) by Princeton

Gamvar Picture Varnish by Gamblin + Soft Nylon Flat brush (size 12) by Princeton

 

STEPS ON HOW I VARNISH MY PAINTINGS

  1. Lay your painting on a flat surface, so that your varnish doesn't run!
  2. Make sure your painting is dust and dirt free.
  3. With a soft nylon brush, dip it in a container of  Gamvar (I pour the some Gamvar in a little bowl.) I use a flat brush (size 12) by Princeton. 
  4. Brush the watery varnish onto your painting, making sure your strokes all go in one direction.
  5. One layer will give you a semi-gloss finish. I usually do 3 thin coats of varnish (if your strokes were top to bottom on your first coat, alternate to side to side on your 2nd coat, etc.)
  6. Wait for it to dry and try to protect it from dust!

 

 

 

BIG PICTURE

In order to protect a piece you've worked on tirelessly, it is a good idea to varnish your final product. Choose a varnish that works for your painting and your lifestyle.

 

aCTION STEP

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