View Full Version : Help!! How Should I Varnish This Piece?

06-23-2007, 07:20 PM
Hi guys its me again :p

I really need your help guys. I have just finished a contemporary peice, but I need some advice on varnishing it. I have a dilemma though.

I have a background which I prefer to look flat and dull so it makes the metallic area really stand out. Do you reckon I should use a matt varnish?

But I don't want to use a brush varnish as this will leave brushmarks and ruin the peice, so I prefer to use a spray varnish. In the past I have used a gloss spray and it totally ruined the flat background and made it look glossy and glarey, which is not what I want. If I use a matt spray then will the burnt umber background look flat and dull, or will it change the appearance?

I just want the background appearance to look the same, and not any different when i apply a spray varnish. What would you recommend guys?

Here are pictures of my art





06-23-2007, 07:56 PM
Check for an answer in the acrylics forum.

06-24-2007, 02:09 PM
i like the art.

as far as the varnish... i'm not positive.
can you use a gloss varnish then cover that with a matte varnish?

M Douglas
06-24-2007, 02:18 PM
Love this piece, I would probably spray the entire painting with a high gloss varnish, then cover the red and re-spray the background areas with a coat of matt.


06-24-2007, 05:25 PM
as another bit of thought...

I have never had brush strokes from a paint on varnish.
just dont use a cheap brush.
i paint my varnish with a good $30+ 1" wide watercolor brush or M. Grumbacher pure bristle brushes, which s seriously the finest hair on a brush I've ever seen, which run at least $30 per brush.