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: Varnishing acrylic painting. do i need to do it?

Miscellanea arts
04-06-2018, 04:56 PM
hi! first post here so sorry if i mess up :)

Im creating a series of paintings in my final uni exhibition in acrylic paint and water mixable oil layered together. As in image attached they have a lot of dark tones which get kinda lost in the matte finish, should i try varnishing to help better display the dark tones? what kind of varnish would you recommend for the media ive used and what finish? Lastly is it worth the risk as my first time varnishing on a piece and one with a harsh deadline?

sorry for the low quality photo and it only being a WIP but hopefully it gets the idea across :,)

06-25-2018, 10:39 AM
Hi Miscellanea arts, yes i definately would recommend to varnish your artwork. That way, you can protect it against UV light and prevent the colours from fading. Also the colors will pop out more, also the dark ones. Varnishing is not a big deal, I'm sure you'll finde a lot of videos about it on Youtube. Best regards Thomas

diane w
08-16-2018, 05:19 PM
I would add more light to bring out the wonderful art work. Remember the light against dark is what makes a great painting...

05-27-2020, 04:18 AM

Here an interesting blog about how to Varnish Acrylic Paintings