Tuesday, October 13, 2015

365 Project #212 Varnish

The definition of varnish is 'a transparent, hard, protective finish or film primarily used in wood finishing but also for other materials.' So the protective finish for acrylics is a coat or two of protective finish. The brand I settled on is Mixwax Polycrylic, Satin Finish.

Acrylic paint dries to a porous finish which attracts dust and dirt. Different brands, colors and even viscosity can produce differences in gloss that can be very unattractive. Varnish solves these problems by giving a hard, transparent coat that unifies the finish.

Given those good reasons to varnish, I was totally unprepared for how great it made the paintings look. Colors are intensified, textures are enhanced and the finish is slightly glossy and beautiful.

The Adventure continues...