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Varnishing a Watercolor Painting

By May 9, 2007

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Given that artist's quality varnish is created specifically for either acrylic or oil paints, if you varnish a watercolor painting, does it become a mixed media piece of art? Mark Golden (of Golden Paints) says it does, but that's really just an interesting aside in his blog on varnishing a watercolor painting. He looks at what happens to a watercolor painting when you apply acrylic varnish to it, the reasons why anyone would do this, and warns about it being irreversible!

Read more about varnishing a watercolor on Mark's blog and in Golden's technical data sheet on varnishing Watercolor.

See Also:
How To Varnish a Painting
Why Varnish an Acrylic or Oil Painting?


May 9, 2007 at 3:37 am
(1) Tony Vassallo says:

Varnish comes in a spray can. Let’s hit those pastels while we’re at it.

May 9, 2007 at 10:43 pm
(2) Virginia says:

If you must preserve a watercolor painting, how about using water based acrylic—diluted? I have experimented with this and liked the results. More vibrant colors and will not fade or attract dust.

May 9, 2007 at 10:59 pm
(3) cooper says:

I can’t seem to make the link to the article “varnish a watercolor” work. Can anyone tell me how to get there via the address? Thanks.


May 10, 2007 at 1:39 am
(4) Marion BE says:

Mmm, don’t know what’s up as the links all work when I try them. Anyway Cooper, the URL is this: http://www.goldenpaints.com/blog/index.php?id=71

March 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm
(5) dizzle says:

cooper- just go where the link leads & then type varnishing a watercolor into the search box at the top right

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