Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Artist Resources: Varnishing

Varnishing is a personal artistic decision, taking into account the variables in application and the desired finished product.  There are a lot of materials out there for varnishes and applications, but these are two of the best paint manufacturers for varnish products and technical help in application.  Golden Artist Colors makes MSA and Polymer varnishes, and Gamblin Artist Colors makes Gamvar and Cold Wax varnishes.  Between the two, you can finish almost any type of artwork.  

Golden Artist Colors has a large resource on their YouTube channel for varnishing.  They include not only how to use their products, but how to decide if you need to varnish and how to remove varnish.




Gamblin Artist Colors has products for varnishing oil paintings or using cold wax as a varnish for a matte finish, suitable for finishing a range of mediums.  Scott Gellatly demonstrates both of these products in the following video from their YouTube channel:



The best brushes for most varnishes are large flats; I prefer the 2" Faux Squirrel for most of my varnish work.  Other options include the 2" brushes in the Palmer line.  

Keep Painting, 
Karyn 

For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.