Varnishing watercolors

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Lori Woodward posted on 19 May 2009 11:26 AM

Anyone else out there varnish their watercolor paintings?  I've been doing this for almost 10 years now, and I love the way acrylic varnish makes my paintings look - rich colors with no reflection.

Let me know how you varnish your watercolors or if you'd like to know how I do it.

 

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Hi my name is Jody, just curious should you not use a frame with acrylic front to frame a watercolour painting? I have been buying watercolour paintings and framing myself I use a mat board so they aren't touching the acrylic, I have found it hard to find nice glass front frames in my price range so I just get the plastic ones, they actually look really nice. Have you got any other tips for framing, should I tape the edges on the back of the frame?  : )

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Hello, new member here,

     I just joined the discussion  and I noticed this thread. I have been using an archival spray varnish on all my watercolor paintings after seeing the cost of professional framing. I totally agree with your statement about the added color depth that it gives. I started stretching my watercolor paper over canvas stretchers in order to create gallery wrap paintings and I find that I really like the look of the finished work. That said, do you brush on the varnish or spray?

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Hello,

    I did the exact same thing, for the same reason. I love the way it looks. I can use watercolor or acrylics, or even a combination of the two. I have spent way too much money in the past with no added value in the work. I use a satin archival spray and really like the look of it. The fact that I don't have to use glass is icing on the cake.

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I spray on the archival varnish to fix the watercolors...then I paint on the polyurethane ...maybe 5 or 6 coats.

 

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