I’d rather not put it behind glass, unless that is really the best solution. Something I leaned using Gamvar and probably true for other varnishes. So as not to interfere with this drying process, it is usually recommended that you wait six months (for thin paint) to a year (for thicker paint) before varnishing. However I’m having trouble achieving a non-glossy final finish to my oil paintings and didn’t find a simple solution. It is as if these areas are gamvar repellant. Hope the commission goes well. I’d try a couple of test pieces with and within oiling out to see which you prefer. Some recent varnishes also have the great advantage of being able to be applied when the painting is just touch dry – rather than waiting for the painting to be fully cured. Gamvar's mild solvent will not dissolve the glaze layers of paintings. I use spray on removable dammer varnish on my oil paintings. I do have a small bottle of Grumbacher Damar Varnish but I’d hate to waste the other if it is quality varnish. Can I clean the surface with a damp cotton cloth? - … It’s easy — just touch it. Did I ruin this thing in the first place by using the fast dry oils and liquin? After varnishing. I am not sure if this is possible. … Please advise and thanks in advance…, Hi Archana, by using the Gamblin Gamvar varnish (demonstrated in the video in the article) it can be applied to oil paints when they are touch dry. What do I do now? Thanks so much for all this useful information. Hope it goes well! For diluting Damar you would need to use turpentine to be able to dissolve the Damar (Odourless minerla spirit will not dissolve the Damar). Formulated as a low molecular weight synthetic resin varnish, Gamvar has a refractive index similar to dammar natural resin varnish. Not only can it really bring up the vibrancy and richness in your realist paintings but it offers protection for the painted surface from atmospheric effects to make the surface easier to clean in the future. I think I missed something. Mitchell teaches painting workshops in the Pacific Northwest at Winslow Art Center, Pacific Northwest Art School, Dakota Art, Daniel Smith Artist’s Materials and, from 1997 t0 2018, Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, He has led painting adventures in Italy and has lectured on Impressionism and landscape painting at the Seattle Art Museum and written for International Artist and Artists & Illustrators magazines. Work side to side, left to right, slightly overlapping each stroke – you are aiming to have no visible brush-marks. You mentioned that using a matt varnish on realistic work (not abstract) will dull the forms and colour that you want to bring out. As a true varnish the Gamvar provides a stronger layer of protection than the cold wax alone. Tried it on a couple small test pieces and so far these pieces look fine. Gamvar is a synthetic resin gloss varnish developed by conservators at the National Gallery. Stay safe! Should I have thinned it out a bit with turps first before applying? First of all, a big thank you for the wealth of information on this site. Hi Melva, so pleased you’ve been finding the articles helpful in your paintings. You can mix in different quantities of wax to change the sheen of your varnish. You’re welcome Lazar, pleased you found it helpful. … No One technique for varnishing suits every situation — the texture of the paint surface, whether you want a matte or gloss finish, speed of completion etc.. all effect which varnish you choose. Thank you so very much for your very useful information (so kindly shared). I’m restoring a large number of pictures for a client who wants a very matt finish on them after their cleaning, and I think this will do it! It’s far superior to exhibition varnish in this regard. Traditional oil paints dry by oxidization, when the oil reacts with oxygen in the air. How long does it take the Winsor & Newton varnish to dry? Gamblin makes a nice one, you can mix it with your oils and it will make them thicker and stiffer and also more matte. Just need to fix a bit in the background! Sign up now to get the latest posts, news about products & art inspiration, straight to your inbox, Starter Set Challenge – Painting Street Scenes with Acrylics, How to Loosen up your Acrylic Paintings – Impressionistic Apples Tutorial, Acrylic Painting Tutorial – Fishing Boats in St Ives Harbour, New! Features a very resistant satin surface that is colourless. I’d still try a test piece first to see how it brushes on and how much it has yellowed as Damar yellows with age, I tend to use modern varnishes such as Gamvar from Gamblin. I work with the spray varnishes but after reading this I would like to try the brush medium also. It seems to me now that it is not so much what is put onto the painting as preparation, but that it is applied with a piece of cloth that is massaged into the surface. The greatest advantage of the Gamvar varnish is the ability to apply it when the painting is touch dry. You wouldn’t necessarily need the liquin or neo meglip on the different layers as a couple of applications of the varnish would give you a more even finish. Another question, how long should I wait before i use Winsor & Newton’s varnish, on my oil painting which is neither too thick nor thin… One last doubt — I have a portrait done, with acrylic on the background and oil on the subject. Also, the oil wouldn’t be able to fully harden so it wouldn’t be a super-strong bond between the layers. Has anyone any explaination and suggestions? Do I need to oil out prior to varnish or will matte varnish cover up the uneven sheen? I’ve ony used Dammar in the past and never had this problem. Is there a better way to seal an oil painting after it is dry to the touch that will last? I think I’d be lost without it now. Gamvar can be applied when the thickest areas of your painting are thoroughly dry and firm to the touch. Thanks, WIll! I would appreciate your answer. Its frustrating and I’m considering pouring a shit load of gamvar on top and waiting till the puddle dries. It either comes in two parts system or premixed by Gamblin. It’s always advisable to follow good professional practice for the conservation of your pieces if you’re using traditional varnishes. Very helpful information! Does not have the amber tint of natural resins. Hi Leah, on dear, sorry to hear about your results with the varnishing, did the matte finish help at all? It doesn’t brush off nor does gently wiping with warm soapy water. Immediately wipe away the dissolved Gamvar with another dry cotton cloth. Gamvar Picture Varnish is a beautiful, lustrous varnish which imparts a satisfying aesthetic to paintings, and can be used as soon as a painting is touch dry, as it has the unique quality of letting paintings breathe. Brandon, Hi Brandon, the Winsor & Newton high gloss does give a great high gloss finish, you’d be hard pushed to achieve a more glossy effect. I’m thinking about Turpentine dilution but I’d appreciate your advice on using it. I want to oil out some paintings to even the surface, but as most mediums seem to contain turpentine I am concerned that the turpentine in the medium will break down the paint when I apply it to the painting. I just discovered your interesting and informative website. I wouldn’t use Gamvar as a glaze medium, just as a final picture varnish. I’m currently painting a series of plein air urban night scenes. Gamvar can be applied when the thickest areas of your painting are thoroughly dry and firm to the touch. This is because if you ever needed to remove the varnish at a later date, the solvents used to remove the layer of oil varnish won’t damage the existing oil paint layer. Acrylic. Can I remove where I wanted to touch up? For example, if you’re using Alizarin crimson or Ivory black which are very slow drying, (there is a lot of oil used in the binding process of the oil paint) it would take a lot longer to dry compared to if you used a fast-drying paint such as Raw umber which has a lower oil content in it. just what I needed to proceed with confidence. Will, Thanks for getting back to me Will. For more information on our varnishes, including application tips, and a video demonstration, please visit http://www.gamblincolors.com/oil.painting.techniques/varnishes.html. Great technical information, and an even better survey of the infinite approaches to the contemporary landscape. Because you’re adding a matting medium the blacks won’t be as intense and deep but could be worth a try for the effect you’re after. Thanks in advance so much. Pour out some varnish into a shallow dish. Thanks for all your help. Hi Will, I have an unfinished oil painting that has been sitting for a few months and now I am ready to work on it again. Gamvar is a modern synthetic varnish that can be painted over an oil painting when its touch dry rather than waiting 6-12 months as with traditional varnishes and I find it works really well. I always take pleasure in reading every detail of yo lessons and approaches this has provided a room for tremendous improvement in the way l exhibit my art works. Here in the summer, a thin layer of Gamvar dries in 20minutes, whereas a thick layer is still tacky two days later. This colourless varnish dries quickly to a tough elastic film. If you want a satin or matte finish, you will need add cold wax medium. Developed in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Gamvar goes on water-clear, stays water-clear and can be easily and safely removed with Gamsol. Gamvar Picture Varnish saturates and gives greater depth to the colors in your painting and gives your work a unified and protective satin surface. Warm the canvas next to the radiator to make sure there is no water in the canvas to prevent blooming. If you have obvious, larger areas of different sheens then see ‘Oiling out‘ above, as the varnish on its own will only emphasize the differences. You could use a modern equivalent like gamer which can be applied when the surface is touch dry. I am not thinking of the ( W & N’s, Artists Glossy Varnish). P.S. Are my fears unjustified? That was thorough and very helpful. Will. Hi Will, Thank you so much!! Also, this varnish must be appropriate for alkyd resin based paintings, as well. Since the big piece is a commission, I’m concerned about going that route yet all the varnishes worry me with the combo of fast drying oils and liquin. I have a couple of questions about using a matt varnish. First of all, I assume you are referring to Gamvar picture varnish? Also, would I dilute a copal picture varnish brilliant gloss? Since it only takes a minimal amount of varnish to cover a painting, I don't have to worry about drips or runs, etc., which means I can let it dry vertically instead of laying flat and collecting unwanted dust and dirt on the surface as it dries. I used Picture varnish gloss on my painting and it has left residue of spots on my painting, what should I do? Thanks Steven, yes, there are plans for more oil specific tutorials in the future. Cheers, Will. God bless! There are a couple of main reasons why it happens: 1. It is on board with mixed types of paper scrumpled and glued to it. I was wondering if there is matte or lessy glossy retouch varnish out there I could apply, which allows the paint to continue to cure over the next year or two. I have some Gamvar varnish left that I mixed together 6 month ago. The two options you have to restore an uneven sheen to your painting before final picture varnishing are: 1. Hi Jan, yes a very subtle coat of Gamvar applies with a rag would work and dry off very quickly for the second layer. As we’ve discussed in 3 Reasons why artists varnish their work (and why some artists don’t) varnishing is primarily an aesthetic choice on the final finish of your painting. I have a large oil painting on wood. The only option at the moment seems to be retouching varnish. I can’t say for sure, but it does sound like there is a varnish-resistant spot. Too much solvent or Turpentine in the paint mix 2. Will. When applying it I noticed it drying too quickly for me and started “beading” before I had time to spread it evenly across the painting. Continue painting. You can also apply Cold Wax Medium straight to your painting and then buff it up with a rag and this will give you a very slight lustre to your finished work. Cheers, Carol. I’m so glad I found this, so much of your knowledge is here. Use a very thin coat to avoid this. The mild solvent in Gamvar won’t dissolve the surface paint. How do I clean it before varnishing? Try to do a small test piece to replicate the matt varnish and then paint over gloss first on a dark background before committing to the whole painting. Great website! Willy, Hi Willy, yes, that’s right, applying a little oil to the area that you’re going to be painting will bring back the lustre to the whole area so will make it easier to match the fresh colours to the previous painting. I plan to use a matte varnish. Although the information on this site was extremely helpful,so far, I can find no one to answer the question concerning alkyd mediums and the use of varnish. A varnish needs to have a different chemical nature than the paint itself, so it sits on top of the paint layers (not merge with them), so it can be to removed at a later date if need be. Hi Lynda, you don’t need to apply retouch varnish, you can just apply a very thin application of oil with a cloth to the surface, this will bring up the lustre and colour to match the painting underneath. My client really wants the green and orange areas to pop compared to the grey background. It has been vanished, I suspect with Damar vanish which was most common in those days, it’s really patchy. If it is firm underneath the surface of the painting then it is ready for varnishing [with Gamvar].”. I use the Omega brush that Scott Gellatly suggested above (the Escoda 2360 natutal bristle works equally well). It is recommended to let the applied varnish dry for a minimum of two hours between coats, although the time might vary depending on the temperature and humidity in your area. Couple of them I like to add more highlight. Can I use it over workable varnish, and/or varnish? Note: It is preferable to not use the same brush for this dabbing step as you did for the varnishing. As the case with all varnishes, however, they are best used as fresh as possible. Good one Sheila, really pleased it turned out well. However the finish came out too glossy with some remaining dull spots and a lot of distracting reflections off the texture & impasto. Cheers, Will. I had been told some time ago that liquin could be used to varnish; I now discover that liquin should not be used. Hi Stuart, Copal varnish will give you an enamel effect on oil paintings. Once in a while I come across a product that makes life in the studio so much easier that I feel compelled to share it with readers. The other paintings are thinly painted oils floating on a gessoed surface. When you suggest “color all over again,” if you mean applying fresh oil paint over the problem spots — definitely not! I use Liquin as a medium while painting with knife on triple gessoed stretched canvas. Hi Patti, you can mix Gamvar with Cold Wax medium to take down the sheen to a more satin finish and then apply another coat. 2. Damar varnish can only be removed with a strong solvent such as turpentine. Will, wonderful once again, thank you so much for helping me clear this varnishing issue up! Cheers, Will, Hi will… I am planning to start a work , oils with Liquin. Or do I have to strip the painting first? One set of work is a very thinly painted oil over collaged paper that also has some acrylic painted on it – these are small at 16 x 20″. A sprayed coat of varnish will dry within 10 minutes and subsequent coats can then be applied, always allow the previous coat to dry first. Hi will, thanks for this info. I place a large cardboard lid (like a box top) over the painting to prevent dust particles from settling. Pro tip: Some brands of student quality oil paints contain driers in their slower drying pigments in order to bring the drying times closer together. But when you remove a foreign substance from a varnished painting, you are only removing the varnish, and are able to preserve the integrity of the paint surface. Hi Glenda, you can use the same varnishes for oil paintings containing alykd mediums as you would with traditional oils. This is good news. Or I have to remove the whole thing? Remedy: Make sure that the surface is perfectly clean and dry when you put the varnish on. One thing about retouch varnish is that if you read the contents, I seem to recall that it has map gas in it. Thank you! It would be great to see an expansion of the oil painting section. Although Gamvar is easy to use, you should test it on an old painting first, as you would any new studio method. Hi Peter, nice to hear from you and glad you’ve been enjoying the site. Tracy, Hi Tracy, you can sometimes get clouding in the mastic varnish was applied in a damp or humid environment, I tend to use Gamvar on my oil paintings Will, Hey!! adds a much-needed sheet of thin protection over the paint surface. I was wondering, how do you choose reference photos? Hi Tony, with Gamvar, you can apply when the surface is touch dry. I’ve looked for any word of such a product on line but I don’t see anything. it can be prone to cracking if knocked due to the high number of coats, but the effect can be fantastic. What would you say? Cheers, Will, Can I oil out on top of retouch varnish? I just want to say that I have taken many of your classes and I love your work! Thank you in advance! The last thing to do is to bri, Adding red. What can I do to clean the dust off? 1. Must be applied after 8-12 months. There are no dull voids, but thicker areas and very very shiney. Hi, this may sound like an strange question, but I’m new to oil painting. My concern of course is the old varnish and I’m basically a little apprehensive to use on one of my older unvarnished pieces. For example, MSA varnish needs to be diluted with Turpentine before applying and if using a brush application is best applied with a few thin coats. Cheers, Will. The pigments in oil paints are dispersed in oil, which may itself be dissolved in a solvent and that solvent evaporates away when the paint dries. Thankyou so much, it’s so helpful! Love your site!!! The Perfect Picture VarnishYou can confidently paint and varnish your paintings with Gamblin's conservation quality resin varnish for oil, acrylic and alkyd paints! Once a painting is done, the oil painter faces two vexing questions: should I varnish the painting and, if so, how should I varnish it? purnima, I have looked everywhere for information about how to protect my oil paintings from dust while they are drying, and all I find is information on varnishing after it has dried. I always felt a lot of pressure to get the varnish flat and even without leaving brush marks or letting dust settle in it. This is a revelation when varnishing an Oil. Good one Terry, the Winsor and Newton medium works well. The painting is much better, but I want to still lift it up. There isn’t any water in the paint to evaporate (unlike acrylics which dry by evaporation). The ease of application, and how good it looks, blow all of the others away. So if you work in very thin layers it dries a lot quicker than if you work impasto with thicker blobs of paint. Is there a reason I shouldn’t Cold Wax Medium alone as a varnish, as opposed to mixing it with Gamvar? If you don’t mind let me know. Hope this helps. Thank you! The issue that can come with Dammar (because it’s a natural resin) it has a tendency to yellow over time and as it dries it becomes more brittle, leaving your canvas more likely to crack if the canvas is knocked. You can only brush or sponge apply it, as it is not available in spray form, however, it’s a lot easier to apply than Dammar because it has a longer working time when you’re brushing it on. Keep turning the the rag, exposing a fresh portion, so you are not reapplying the removed varnish. 2. Fortunately, I think I found the answer on another site, but would appreciate your input, too. Please visit our Video Demos page for additional information.”. On an acrylic painting, this differs as the isolation coat. It seems fairly thick. Now that I’ve read this article … problem solved! Solvent-Free Gel gives colors more flow and transparency, yet holds the shape of your brushmark. For paintings that use regular oils, with paint applied thickly, or where slower drying mediums have been used, a greater time should be allowed before varnishing. Sponge brushes puts too much varnish on the surface at once, so it’s hard to get a thin layer. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Which is why you shouldn’t varnish an oil painting with traditional varnish until it is fully cured as putting varnish on a touch dry painting won’t allow air through the varnish layer and will stop it drying properly and fully. Will, Thank you so much for the response. Solvent-free Painting Medium. I’m very interested in the new synthetic varnish that you mentioned is being developed. Drying rates tend to average out as colours are almost always mixed on the palette, so the drying times tend to equalise to a great degree. That was brilliant! Post-Varnish. On a separate note, would instead using a matte varnish directly help even out any uneven sheen? Cheers, Will. I’m only interested in stopping dust from sticking to it during the drying process. Je vous remercie. Susan, Good one Susan, pleased you found it helpful. Thanks for your kind comments Kevin, pleased you found it of interest. This is my first sale, so I’ve never faced this situation before. I’m going to gently vacuum it. If your cat uses it as a scratching post (this really happened to me), varnish will not help! This may sound crazy, but I had heard that minwax polyacrylic will work as a top coat. Will. which can be dissolved in a solvent, this solvent evaporates away when the paint dries. From the Gamblin website: “Gamvar Picture Varnish saturates colors in your painting and gives your work a unified and protective surface. Cheers, Will. I wouldn’t recommend a decorators brush as it will show too many brush marks, you want a brush that is smooth to the touch so you can just glide it over the surface. I have an Ageing Varnish that goes over a Cracking varnish, the Cracking that I do not use. This breaks up the streaks. I did try the oiling out method on a small painting and it worked to level the surface for retouch varnish as I thought. Cheers, Will. I need to touch up spots where the paint has come off on a painting I did about 30 or so years ago – I never varnished it – the article said to apply linseed oil (I have to use poppy seed oil because linseed gives me headaches), then to paint in the spots needing paint. Hi Scott, yes, I’d go with the different Gamvar finishes to give you the difference in matte or gloss. It is oil on board. When a painting’s surface is more textured, say, from a coarse-weave canvas or the texture of the strokes themselves, streaking will be less noticeable. ☑ A bouquet of thank you for the wonderful information, Cheers Hussein, really pleased you’ve been enjoying the site. Thanks, Hi Jade, if you use a cold wax medium and then buff with a cloth that with give you the effect you’re after. So pleased you’ve been enjoying it Stephen. Thank you again! I have order the gamvar matte finish hoping that adding that on top of the satin might provide the evening out I need. Am I right in thinking that I should oil out then use satin varnish, then buff the painting with a wax varnish (my aim is to have a very slight overall sheen). Hi Will, Wonderful information! A clear coat on the first application that stays clear over time, therefore non-yellowing and more flexible. Thanks for all the tips. If you do, you risk dragging partially dry resin into wet, which will dry cloudy over dark colours. For a satin finish have you had a look at the Gamvar new varnishes? Thank you, Hi Jo, I haven’t personally used shellac varnish on a finished painting, its often used as a preparation varnish for sealing surfaces. Thanks for latest email – packed with useful information as usual. The “why” of varnishing is not the primary subject of this article, but for those who are interested, please see  Why Varnish at the end. But time is running out. How to Dry Tacky Varnish. A few questions: Do you use a bristle or sponge brush; how many coats are required; how many days before the varnish dries to it’s final sheen? I’m in Florida so if it’s humid my paintings take longer to dry. Can I pint over it? It can be used on acrylic paintings as well as oils. https://gamblincolors.com/oil-painting/gamvar-picture-varnish I bought a large 5×5 foot oil painting. I’m not sure if it will clear up as it dries or if I need to remove it, which makes me nervous. Imagine that you are trying spread the varnish as far as it can go. I did look at the videos, but I was a little concerned about the linseed oil. Do you think this would be a problem? Allow the medium to be absorbed into the painting for approximately two minutes. I usually apply Dammar varnish to smaller paintings as it can go very tacky, very quickly and is harder to control with a brush. The colors are as such perfect and fine to look at. All the content on this blog is free, and will always be free. Painters should buy the size container that is appropriate for their needs and use it within a year or two. Developed in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Gamvar Satin is practically odorless, goes on and remains water … Thank you very much. Is it overkill or poor practice to use different mediums and or different Gamvars? Can I assume Gamvar can be used similarly? 3. I have an oil painting that I applied Gamvar picture varnish. Cheers, Will. Thanks much in advance. Dammar varnish comes from tree resin and is paler than Copal but has great viscosity and is still used commonly in oil painting today, the visual aesthetic look of Dammar has a luscious quality to it similar to the historical hard varnishes. How to Oil Out Apply a liberal coating of 1:1 Galkyd Painting Medium and Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits to a dry painting. He writes, “Spots left on the varnish layer can be caused by a number of factors — most likely that dust may have settled on the varnish layer as it was drying.” Also be sure that you apply the varnish VERY thinly. Gamblin says that the cold wax medium does meet one important requirement of a varnish: it is removable. If your paint layers are thick or contain slow drying oils, I'd dilute the GamVar with 20% GamSol (compatible brand solvent) and apply it as a retouch varnish. I thought the first coat was applied too thick, even thought I went side to side, but there was unevenness, so I applied a second coat. Look Inside Mitchell Albala’s book. As you rub gently with a solvent-moistened rag, you’ll know that the solvent is coming off because it will feel a little sticky. I’m sure he will have a more reliable answer: scott@gamblincolors.com. Ughh! I’ll be using Gamvar. If you value what you find here, please consider making a donation to help support my efforts. Cheers, Will, I don’t leave comments on articles like these normally, but I feel deeply compelled to extend a HUGE thank you to you for compiling such a wise and extensive fact-based article on something that is critical for a professional closure to my oil paintings before they are handed off to my collectors. Have really enjoyed your book on so many levels. There are some modern synthetic varnishes that are now being manufactured that have the benefit of allowing the oxidation process to take place through a permeable varnish layer applied to a touch dry oil painting. 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