View Full Version : Varnishing gouache

06-18-2007, 11:40 AM

I use gouache to paint toy soldiers made of birch ply. I dont know how to varnish them without pulling the paint. also, varnish loses the brilliance of the colours. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? All ideas welcome.


Rose Queen
06-18-2007, 01:28 PM
Welcome to WetCanvas! :wave: I've moved your question to the forum that deals with gouache, where I expect you'll get the help you need.

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06-18-2007, 01:40 PM
Others have more knowledge of varnishing gouache than I do, but I have used spray fixative on gouache pieces without losing color brilliance. Have you tried spray varnish?

Old Tex
06-18-2007, 09:23 PM
I think there are a couple of people here who have varnished with a brush, and I believe had some success. They are far better than I am. Personally, I won't even try it. Gouache is just too easy to pull. I'll paint over it freely, but I know I'm very likely to pick up the color below when I do, so I kind of stay prepared for that. I don't see why a spray varnish wouldn't work for you. Paint some scrap pieces and try it. But you need to do it outside, so you might want to fabricate a little tight mesh cover of some kind (window screen?) to keep the bugs off! (See Maggie's "Bugs" thread!)

06-19-2007, 10:08 AM
You might give some thought to trying acrylic gouache. It's essentially a very matte acrylic paint, and would varnish without any problems. Holbein and Turner make them, among others. They don't blend as easily as genuine gouache and are permanent when dry, but the look is very similar.

maggie latham
06-23-2007, 06:04 PM
Personally I like the real gouache, as I love the smell, and the texture and the way it dries. Old Tex is right, a spray varnish such as Krylon kamar should only enhance the colors more. Great idea about using a screen, Ralph. I would not have thought about that.
Sorry I havenít posted anything here, but Iím painting a series of pastels this summer as art of a grant I was lucky enough to receive, and only have one pair of hands. I love my pastels, but miss sloshing water and paint around! I post quite a bit on the Pastel threads.
The pastel thread has a weekly one-hour sketch (or painting) thread for works created in an hour or lessÖwould anyone be up for that in Gouache? It is fun, because people post and comment and a little bit of banter goes back and forth, and as the subject matter is open, all kinds of subject matter comes out! Would any one be interested? I would break out my gauche for an hour a week, even while Iím working on my pastels.
Lets talk about it,