How to Varnish your acrylic painting Tips and Tricks

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18 Responses to How to Varnish your acrylic painting Tips and Tricks

  1. Laurel Schmitz says:

    Your way of varnishing makes more sense….I’m so glad I happened onto this video…however, I painted using acrylic first and then over that water mixable oil paints…I bought Delta Varnish for acrylic and oils…is that a good varnish for my typle of painting?
    btw…I love your paintings.

  2. RaphaellaPaintistry says:

    Really great video, I didn’t know I needed to varnish my paintings to protect them. Now I know better.I am a little confused about the difference between the three varnishes shown. I understand that Gloss makes it shiny and brings out colors, while Matte is flat and slightly dulls, so then what does the Satin Finish do, since it’s a combination of both?
    I just want to make sure that I don’t distort my paintings by making something that I wanted to be dull brighter or that I wanted to be bright dull by accident.

  3. TrOuTster5 says:

    Thank you. So helpful.

  4. Linda DeChow says:

    I varnished my Rainbow Rose and Wow! It popped like I couldn’t believe. So, I wasn’t happy with the finish on my Poppy painting. I had used Kymar Krylon spray and it just flattened it out, however…I went back in with the Liquitex varnish you recommend and used this technique and Wow! It brought it all back out. Very impressed, thank you for this genius. I think because I had sprayed it, which did not interfere with the brush strokes, the brush varnish over the spray worked out, Whew! I now know the secret.

  5. Linda DeChow says:

    Love this video, however I do have another question. When I use pearl or irridescent highights i my painting, does varnishing with this method, with the specific product, cover the special effect of the metallics and irridescents? Thanks, Ginger.

  6. Alysha Ortega says:

    Thank you so much for this! I’ve been needing to varnish my paintings for awhile but I was so hesitant because I had no idea if there was a specific way to do it. Im glad I watched this first!

  7. 4mydearlady says:

    This has been very helpful to me. I am a largely self-taught painter (I didn’t finish my visual art education); I am embarassed to admit that I have given a few paintings to people as gifts not knowing that I should have varnished them first. I have loads of paintings at home that I can go in and varnish but I feel bad about the few I gifted.

  8. Papivart says:

    dont talk on the phone ! funny !

  9. Kimberly Miller says:

    Since you’re using a permanent varnish and not removable varnish how would your paintings ever be restored when eventually go much dirt and dust get to them? 🙂

  10. Kailyn McDearmid says:

    I used acrylic paint on a thin piece of wood. Will this varnish work the same on the wood as it does your canvas?

  11. noha ali says:

    Does varnishing make fabric stiff ??
    and for painting on fabric with acrylics and fabric medium , Do I have to varnish the painting , or heating it seal the paint ?

  12. Jiandi P says:

    “Varnish in the direction you painted it and with similar brush strokes.”

    THank you! I’m about to varnish for the first time. I saw a lot of information saying to lay varnish down like you would be painting a piece of furniture- long even strokes with a big brush. I was thinking the the effect I wanted and thought, ‘why not lay it like I’m mimicking my original brush strokes’? I want the paint to pop with brilliance; not lay a steady film over the art.

    I have zero actual training but I just painted 2 nice paintings that came out really good! This makes perfect sense and I’m glad I found your video! THanks again!

  13. Helen DeNoia says:

    thank you , it makes much more sense to varnish in the way of the brush strokes.

  14. maria Pellegrino says:

    Hi Ginger,
    Do you need to vanish if you have painted using gloss medium and varnish while you are painting? I’m a beginner and this is all new to me and would appreciate your advise.
    Thank you
    Maria ( in Australia )

  15. Arlo Tanenbaum says:

    love it exactly what i needed to know

  16. Deanna Allen says:

    awesome Ginger

  17. WanderleiSilva29 says:

    i have a question….. I have a lot of black in my painting and I used extender when I painted it to avoid the acrylics drying so fast….. The problem is, some of the black parts have visible brush strokes, which looks like the extender fluid….. If you look at the painting under a certain light, it almost looks like someone dipped their hands in sticky glue and finger swiped a few areas…. Should I add a second coat of black to remove these transparent brush stroke imperfections or can I just varnish the painting?

  18. WanderleiSilva29 says:

    Ginger…. i acrylic painted a 2 foot x 2 foot wood panel and intend on gluing a small 3 inch block to the painted board…. this block will not be painted. I plan on using construction adhesive for the glue…. should i glue the piece on prior to varnishing the panel or varnish it then glue it on?

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