|Varnished left, unvarnished right - what a difference!|
As you can see on the left, the entire tone of the painting has changed. Colors are either brighter or deeper but all richer and far more vibrant. This is the painting I saw when I painted it, not the dull and lifeless one of yesterday.
|Streakless varnishing done in minutes|
If you have never used this brush give it a try. You can buy them singly or by the bag (the best deal in town) at Home Depot, Lowe's, Michaels, Aaron Brothers, Blick's and any other place that sells craft or paint supplies. I would imagine even Target and WalMart even since they have paint departments! They cover quickly, leave no brush streaks, making it very easy to spread on your canvas. Because it soaks some of the varnish you can press down a bit and get more held by the brush.
If you have never varnished, now is the time to start. Be SURE to get fine art painting varnish, one that is suitable for your paint. This is something that you will have to get at a fine art or craft store. Lowe's and Home Depot do NOT carry suitable varnishes. Blicks, Aaron Bros., Michaels and other artists speciality shops will carry what you need. If you don't know what you need ask! Nothing will ruin a painting faster than using the wrong varnish, one that might resolve your painting.
Grumbacher makes the best known "original picture varnish" brand and one or two versions can be used on oil or acrylic paintings. Purists like to use the varnish made for their paint type. It is up to you. If nothing else the varnish will protect your paintings from the environment...dust, smoke, humidity. If you have never done it, its not too late to start. However, be sure to clean the painting if necessary, before you varnish. The last thing you want is to seal in those years of dust and smoke particles into the paint! You AND your paintings will thank you for it!
Thank you for reading. Please visit KrugsStudio for a wonderful selection of craft items, birdhouses and photography and AlanKrugFineArt where my original oil and acrylic paintings are offered for sale.