View Full Version : Question about varnishing oil paintings
March 21st, 2005, 05:41 PM
I have an oil painting created w/thin layers of paint. Only medium used was linseed oil. They have been drying for no more than a week. Some of the paint have a glossy effect, some colors are dull. I am giving this to somebody before I am able to put a varnish on it. Does anyone know any tricks to bringing a consistant glossy effect without having to wait the 1-6 month drying period? Or any varnishes that I'd be able to use while the paint is still somewhat wet? Any help appreciated!!
March 24th, 2005, 05:51 PM
use retouching varnish. Just do a google search for Retouching Varnish and you'll find some at one of the art supply places. Retouching varnish is nice for evening out colors and you can still paint on top of it once it is dry. Retouching varnish is a much thinner varnish, so it "breathes" more but gives your painting a nice even gloss.
You could always go back to the painting in 6 months or so and put on a final varnish over the retouching varnish to make it more long-lasting. You could use Damar Varnish for this.
March 24th, 2005, 06:13 PM
What Jeff said. Don't do anything to it if it's not touch-dry yet, though.
March 24th, 2005, 07:14 PM
Damar varnish has more of a chance of yellowing over time than Picture varnish.
yeah, retouch varnish is good for "in the meantime", but you really should revarnish with picture varnish after a few months. if the paint's really thin, you don't have to wait the full 6 months, just make sure it's been given enough time to dry completely.
i really like the Gamblin Gamar Picture Varnish.
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