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Apply Varnish With A Spray

Getting prepared

1. You should only apply varnish to a painting that’s completely dry. Make sure your painting’s dry before you get started – wet paint mixed with varnish can cause problems.

2. You should also make sure your painting’s completely clean. Little things like dust and dirt will affect the varnishing, so use a cloth to gently get rid of everything on the painting’s surface.

3. Work in a room that doesn’t have any dust. This reduces the chance of any dust getting trapped in between the painting and the varnish. When working with a spray, you don’t want to work in a small, enclosed space, so make sure your working space is a decent-sized room with plenty of air circulation.

4. Make sure you have a board that’s bigger than the canvas. Put the canvas on top of this and stand it vertically. Make sure you have something to keep the board and canvas in place.

5. Get your varnish spray ready. You can find varnish spray at all good art supply shops.

Applying the varnish with a spray

1. First of all, give the can a really good shake. Keep on shaking it – the longer you do this for, the better effect the varnish will have. A few minutes of shaking should be enough to get started. It’s important to keep shaking the can regularly.

2. Go ahead and start spraying. You want to stand a good few feet away from the painting while you spray. Whatever part of the painting you’re spraying, be sure to stay the same distance away from the painting.

3. Try to make each layer even – this can be harder than applying varnish with a brush, so bear that in mind. A good way to do this is to start at the top and work your way to the bottom, working your way round the painting either by spraying in columns or rows across the painting. It’s up to you whether you have thick or thin layers. There’s no set number of layers you should have either, so this is something you can experiment with to find the best options for you.

4. Be sure to get the edges covered. You want the entire surface of the painting covered, so take care when spraying edges and don’t worry if you get some spray on the back board – that’s what it’s there for.

5. Once you’re satisfied with the varnishing, it’s time to let your paint dry. It should only take an hour or so. While your painting’s drying, it should be left flat with a protective cover over it to prevent dust and dirt falling on to the varnish. Remember to leave a gap between the painting and the protective cover.