|Brushing the isolation coat on two paintings.|
Isolation coat of Golden Gel Gloss Medium
When I say I don't like this phase, what I mean is that it is a nerve-wracking part of the process. It is the final stage. What happens if the varnish streaks, runs, and looks uneven? Extreme care needs to be taken to insure the final surface creates the quality and look that I desire for the painting whether is matt, satin, or glossy.
Purpose of VarnishVarnishing a painting serves a couple of purposes. First, it protects the painting surface from the elements, dust, and UV rays. Second, it unifies the surface in terms of sheen creating a better-looking painting and a feeling of quality craftsmanship.
Apparently, I'm not the only artist out there that fears this part of the process. I found an article which made me feel much better about my angst. This article, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Varnish, talks about the final varnish coat and gives us artists tips on varnishing.
I would bet that the final varnish coat is personal to the artist and their medium like Edward Hopper in the quote below.
I use a retouching varnish which is made in France, Libert, and that's all the varnish I use. -- Edward Hopper
I want to hear from you!Please leave a comment below.
If you are an artistDo you fear this part of the process? Do you have any tips on varnishing or tips on releasing the angst of this stage in the process?
If you are an art collectorWhat is your feeling about purchasing a painting with or without varnish?
|Mary Rush Gravelle|
Until Next Week
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About the author: Mary Rush Gravelle is an artist who resides in Sedona, Arizona with her beloved cat, Sir Kitty.