Well it's official, I stupidly ruined a painting while varnishing with a brand new brush and it got lint ALL over my beautiful painting.
I've never actually varnished using a brush before, I used to always spray varnish. I did use liquid varnish to create some smoggy masterpieces in high school though (I really enjoyed experimenting with all mediums despite their intended purpose!)
In our current home I have no outdoor space where I can use spray varnish safely and I don't have proper ventilation to spray indoors either so liquid varnish it is!
Some tips to get you started on varnishing inside.
- Make sure your piece has fully cured whether it be an oil painting, acrylic, mixed media etc.
- Wipe down your piece if it's been sitting for a while to rid it of any dust or particles that you can't see, but will if you start to varnish it! (I've made this mistake too)
- Make sure that your brush is clean - even if it's brand new and in a plastic case it can still be full of dust (hard lesson learned here for me folks!)
- Prepare your varnish per it's instructions and begin with light layers. You don't want to make it a smoggy mess and ruin your beautiful painting.