Episode 22 – FMF To Varnish or not to Varnish with Artist Sonya Paz


Today’s Fan mail Friday question is from Noah from New York. He writes in and asks, “I have been painting for a few years and recently have sold my work at some outdoor shows. I sold a painting the other day and the customer asked me if he can pick up the painting after I finish it and varnish it. I have never been asked this question before and was taken back by this because I don’t varnish my art and I never have. I am I supposed to be doing this on my canvases, I paint in acrylics waterbed paint. Thank you for your time.”

I am so glad that Noah asked this question, I have had this conversation with several artists in the past and believe it or not, not all artists seal their work. I certainly wanted to address this valued question here on the podcast so that others can benefit from it as well.
This is a decision that is entirely up to the artist, unless you are working to achieve a specific high tech looks with heavy polyurethanes to lacquers. Use a varnish or sealer that is waterbed and will work well with other acrylic applications.
Using a sealer will also help with achieving a consistent smooth look. The point of preserving your work for years to come is essential for the art and your reputation as an artist and it will benefit more ways that one.
Always test a swatch on a piece of mat bored or heavy paper to see how well the mediums will reach or compliment your paints.
Reference: 
Golden Brand Paints http://www.goldenpaints.com
Many thanks to Noah for this valued question today. I want to point out also that if you do not intend to varnish or protect your artwork, keep true to yourself. There is nothing that say that you have to do this, but as an artist that also collects others works, I highly recommend that you at the very least explore some of these finishes.
My Fan Mail Friday episodes are here every Friday to help benefit you as an artist and get your weekend started. Maybe you have projects coming up or an exhibit that you’re going to be in and need an extra boost of confidence to have you Rock it for your exhibit!

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For the full summary of these show notes visit me at http://rockstarmentor.com/blog
Please visit our website to sign up to be on the front lines of amazing information and free downloads that I have prepared especially for you. http://rockstarmentor.com

Visit me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/crushitmentor

Visit me on Instagram:http://instagram.com/rockstarmentor

To learn more about me, my art and colorful product line, visit Sonya Paz through my artist website, http://SonyaPaz.com

Thanks to “The Brush Guys” they can be located at http://thebrushguys.com they offer the best in all things brushes for all mediums and amazing specials on art supplies. Save 5% on your online order, use promocode: ROCKSTAR

 

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