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Acrylic Varnishes

A varnish is a clear coat applied over the top of an artwork. It has two main functions - to give an even sheen to the work, which will in turn help to bring out the full intensity and beauty of the pigments, and to protect it from several different areas of attack such as wear and tear and airborne grime and chemicals.

Galeria Gloss Varnish (Winsor & Newton)

A unique removable gloss varnish for the protection of finished artwork. This product can also be mixed with Galeria Matt Varnish to vary the final finish.

 

 

Galeria Matt Varnish (Winsor & Newton)

A unique removable matt varnish which may be mixed with Galeria Gloss Varnish to vary the final finish.

 

 

Galeria Satin Varnish (Winsor & Newton)

A uniquely removable satin varnish for the protection of finished acrylic paintings.

 

 

Gloss Varnish (Liquitex)

 

Perfect for protecting the acrylic painting surface and for boosting colour saturation. Dries with a high gloss finish and suited for flexible surfaces.

 

Matte Varnish (Liquitex)

 

Apply only as a permanent varnish to protect acrylic surfaces and establish and even non-glare matte sheen. Translucent when wet, dries to a satin transparent film. May be thinned with water. Thinning beyond 25% can cause poor adhesion. As drying occurs, continuous brushing may result in dowdiness. Use Liquitex Soluvar for a final removable varnish. Do not mix with turpentine or oils. Always test first for best results.

 

High Gloss Varnish (Liquitex)

Apply as a permanent varnish to protect rigid surfaces and establish a high gloss sheen that decreases glare. Translucent when wet, clear when dry. May crack on flexible surfaces such as canvas. Do not thin. As drying occurs, continuous brushing will result in cloudiness. Always test first for best results.

 

Gloss Medium & Varnish (Atelier)

 

These Atelier water based varnishes are non-toxic and can be used either as a medium to change the sheen levels of acrylic paints, or as an over-varnish for acrylic painting. Provides a non-tacky protective coating. Atelier Matte, Satin and Gloss Medium & Varnish are creamy mid-viscosity products made from hard acrylic emulsion. They are non-removable; however they can be over painted.

 

Satin Medium & Varnish (Atelier)

These Atelier water based varnishes are non-toxic and can be used either as a medium to change the sheen levels of acrylic paints, or as an over-varnish for acrylic painting. Provides a non-tacky protective coating. Atelier Matte, Satin and Gloss Medium & Varnish are creamy mid-viscosity products made from hard acrylic emulsion. They are non-removable; however they can be over painted.

 

Matte Medium & Varnish (Atelier)

 

These Atelier water based varnishes are non-toxic and can be used either as a medium to change the sheen levels of acrylic paints, or as an over-varnish for acrylic painting. Provides a non-tacky protective coating. Atelier Matte, Satin and Gloss Medium & Varnish are creamy mid-viscosity products made from hard acrylic emulsion. They are non-removable; however they can be over painted.

 

Satin Varnish MM11 (Matisse)

 

Always stir before use to ensure even distribution of matting agent. This water-based finishing varnish provides a clear, non-yellowing and hard wearing finish for all hard surfaces painted with acrylic paints. A lovely satin varnish which is not too glossy but still has an alive look about it without being matt. Apply with a soft brush.

 

Hi-Gloss Varnish Turps Based MM14 (Matisse)

This varnish produces a hard non-yellowing, protective coating similar in appearance to Dammar.  A final clear gloss varnish, quick drying, designed to give your painting that final "glow".

 

Matt Varnish Turps Based MM15 (Matisse)

Strippable, the varnish re-dissolves in mineral turpentine which has no effect on Matisse acrylic paints; thus a painting may be completely cleaned and re-surfaced without affecting the paint. Ideal for use in restoration (may be used on oil paintings). Also called Retouch Varnish.

 

Poly Matt Varnish MM6 (Matisse)

Most suitable as a protective coating particularly over large works exposed to damage in public galleries, commercial paintings required for floodlit photographic reproduction and paintings that would be improved by eliminating unbalanced glossy highlights.

 

Polymer Satin Varnish MM28 (Matisse)

 

Use as a final varnish or can be mixed with Matisse Colours. Non-yellowing satin finish.

 

Poly-U-Gloss Varnish MM19 (Matisse)

Specially formulated for use in folk art techniques, this water-based finishing varnish provides a clear high gloss non-yellowing finish.

 

Poly Gloss Varnish MM7 (Matisse)

Polymer water-based varnishes may appear to be slightly hazy whilst in solution. This is an optical effect produced by light refraction of acrylic particles suspended within the water-based medium. The effect disappears when the film is dry. As acrylics dry very rapidly, care should be taken to apply varnish prediluted with water. Polymer Varnish, applied in very thick layers on a hot day, could trap moisture, resulting in a cloudy film which would be very difficult to correct.

Satin Varnish Turps Based MM29 (Matisse)

Conservation quality solvent based non-yellowing acrylic satin finish varnish. Redissolves in turps to strip and clean or to rework.

 

Other areas of interest:

Canvas Pads and Papers
Acrylic Painting Mediums

Hints, Tips & Techniques for Acrylic - Varnishes

http://www.winsornewton.com/resource-centre/hints-tips-and-techniques/acrylic-colour/varnishes/

What varnish should you use?

http://www.matisse.com.au/pages/varnish.htm

Brand web-sites.

Winsor & Newton
http://www.winsornewton.com/

Liquitex
http://www.liquitex.com/Products/products.cfm

Atelier
http://www.chromaonline.com/chroma/products/atelier_interactive

Matisse
http://www.matisse.com.au/index.htm

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