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Old 06-16-2009, 09:48 AM
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Protect a Painting

I posted this question in the Acrylic section, but I'm thinking perhaps mixed media might be more appropriate? I have been making Painted Bags, I paint with various types of paint (acrylic, fabric, latex..and markers...on canvas) and up until now when I've completed a bag I've used a Spray to protect/seal the surface, so that the surface doesn't get too stiff. But now I'm submitting a piece for an ARt show, it's a huge bag...but since it won't be carried around I'm wondering if there isn't some other medium that I should be using, something painters use, perhaps something that brushes on. Or do you folks ever use sprays at the end?

The spray I use is a gloss spray suggested for art, crafts and other projects.

This is my first piece of 'art' and I have no idea what I'm supposed to use to protect the finished piece.

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Old 06-17-2009, 09:59 AM
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Re: Protect a Painting

If this will be strictly for display, and never actually used, you've got a lot of possible products you could use. I think you're going to have to do tests to make sure that whatever you choose won't make any of your colorants run, but besides your spray (acrylic, I presume?), you could also try a varnish (spray or brush on) or even a two-part resin. The last would make it very stiff and completely unusable, but would be the most permanent protection.

I'm not really sure that you need to use a different product than you're already using, though. Best wishes for a great show!
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:24 AM
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Re: Protect a Painting

Ya...I'm thinking what I'm using is likely good. I just suddenly thought, 'oh gosh, this is art, not a bag, I wonder if I'm missing something in the 'protecting it' step. And although it will hang, I still need it to have some subtleness to it, I'm thinking in transporting and hanging, it will need to move, and I wouldn't want it to be stiff, it's stiff enough on it's own I think just with the layers of paint.

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Here's a glimpse, each side is 3x4ft, I'll sew it up today, and put on huge square handles I recycled. It's for an Art Auction and Fundraiser. My first Art Show! And I have to say, I loved working on such a big scale, makes me want to run out and buy some humungous canvases.

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Old 06-18-2009, 09:15 AM
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That is so much fun! I agree with you...I don't think you should mess with the finish too much.
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Old 06-20-2009, 11:33 PM
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Re: Protect a Painting

Hi Gail,

I've been searching through the threads looking for a place to ask my questions.....and I've found your post with a totally different need , but one I have dealt with recently !!!

I donated some sepia paintings (sketches) which were acrylic on unprimed calico....they are 6' x 4'...and I thought "just a bit of fun".....But I have had a framing company phone me asking how best to conserve these works as they are about to frame some of them !!!!!! LOL !

I kept one which didn't reach the reserve of $1000 Au. !!!!!!!....so I had a 'go' at sealing and varnishing it... experimentally.


After trying several different products....I have concluded the best results by far are from a product made by an Aussie company . I can give you its name ...but I figure if I give you the product description you will be able to find a suitable similar product.

It is a POLYMER GLOSS VARNISH....(A PURE ACRYLIC RESIN SUSPENDED IN WATER)......(it has several uses including as a glue in mixed media)

When used as a varnish it needs to be pre-diluted with water ...and it dries to a tough pliable water-resistant film.

IMO...It is the best thing on material I have yet found ....and it doesn't dry glossy ! ( it is easily folded or rolled etc , and feels just a little firmer than my thin calico, but not much at all !)

BTW...I don't like its very glossy results on my well-prepped , gessoed and well-finished fine art acrylic paintings....Way too glossy !!!!


I hope this is of some help to you !!! I love what you are doing , and sounds like so much fun as well !

Cheers ...Jill
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Old 06-21-2009, 09:40 AM
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Jill, that sounds like a wonderful product, thanks for sharing about it. And btw, your horses are STUNNING!
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Thanks Jill. I'll see if I can find something similar.

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