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YLCIA
04-01-2001, 01:08 PM
Hello!
I am painting only for two years and I choose acrylics. I painted about 12 paintings but covered with varnish only one and I am not happy how it looks now.
If you put "brush on" varnish do you let the first coat dry before the second coat applied?
Do you add some water to the varnish?

Thank You,
Julia

LDianeJohnson
04-01-2001, 02:42 PM
Julia,

Welcome to WetCanvas' Acrylics forum!

It is best to read the instructions carefully for the particular varnish you use. Generally speaking, brush-on varnish should be applied with no additional water in one direction (or all-over evenly) but don't over stroke. Use as few gentle strokes as necessary to apply, otherwise you risk creating bubbles or drying while applying which will yield a milky look. Let the layer dry completely before applying a second layer, again, to prevent that milky look or risk pulling up the first layer.

You can varnish in one layer, but I recommend two layers to get a nice even coat. If you do a second layer, go in the opposite direction from the first to prevent streaking.

There are three finishes of varnish...gloss, matte and satin. Perhaps you did not like the results because of the finish it gave your painting. You could try another one of the types and do a small test canvas before applying to a final painting.

Diane

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YLCIA
04-01-2001, 07:46 PM
Originally posted by YLCIA:
Hello!
I am painting only for two years and I choose acrylics. I painted about 12 paintings but covered with varnish only one and I am not happy how it looks now.
If you put "brush on" varnish do you let the first coat dry before the second coat applied?
Do you add some water to the varnish?

Thank You,
Julia

Thank You, Diane!