I got a few messages asking about what type of varnish I use so I’ve decided to make it a separate post.
On this video, I use a retouching varnish by @royaltalens Why? Dark colors tend to dull and become matt. Usually, artists “oil out” the painting - rub a small layer of oil over it. But I prefer to use a retouching varnish instead of oil. There are a lot of disputes about what’s better so the only way is to try both and choose what you like more. (Oiling out or retouching varnish are used between layers of paint).
What’s the difference between the retouching varnish and a usual one? The retouching version can be used between layers - apply it on the painting, wait for 30 minutes (you can paint straight away but the surface can be sticky) and paint a new layer over it. Also, I cover the finished painting with it. It doesn’t give protection as the usual version of varnish but the painting looks fresh. Thus I don’t have to rush with a final varnish.
How much do I wait before varnishing? For the retouching varnish the paint needs to be dry to the touch. My layers are really thin so usually it takes around a week. But I try to be careful with whites because they tend to dry slow.
For the final varnish - I wait at least a month. The more - the better. But again, my layers are really thin. I just apply the retouching varnish so there is no need to rush with a final one. For example, I waited 9 months before varnishing the Peony painting (the one with a lot of hands).
If you know Russian (or you can use a translator), I highly recommend following @painting.technology Sasha writes about art supplies from the technical point of view. I’m grateful to her because she helped me to choose a final varnish - now I’m using an acrylic one (also, by @royaltalens ) and it’s perfect.
Hopefully, it was useful ❤️