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Varnish a painting

varnishing a painting

varnishing a painting with a brush

When to varnish a painting. A painting is usually re-varnished during a restoration. Especially when it has been decided to remove a layer of varnish during a treatment. Varnishing a painting can be done in different ways. Of course, you can apply varnish with a brush. But it is also possible with a spray. And even with a silk dot. The layering and choice of varnish are different every time.

Why a new layer of varnish?

varnishing a painting

after varnish removal

Unfortunately, layers of varnish yellow. Also, some become blurry. Some are sensitive to moisture. A pity because such a varnish distorts the colors of the painting. And the composition also loses its strength and expression. This old layer of varnish can be removed. during a restoration. But after removal the painting looks matte and unsaturated. The contrasts have disappeared. The colors are dull. But a new layer of varnish will saturate the colors again. It will also revive the composition and performance.

Which varnish resin to choose?

Restauratieatelier Marjan de Visser  has a large selection of varnishes for re-varnishing a painting. All varnishes are home-made. As a result, we know exactly what results can be achieved. The choice of varnish is partly determined by the restoration process. Even more important is the desired appearance of the painting. But the wishes of the owner also count. In addition to natural resins such as damar and mastic, there is also a choice of synthetic resins.

knowledge of varnishes and varnish paintings
varnishing paintings

Jill Whitten explains the properties of various synthetic varnishes

The knowledge of varnishes and varnishing has been built up through years of experience and workshops on varnish by Jill Whitten and Robert Proctor.

Apply a varnish layer with a brush

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