Today, I want to tell you about Spray Varnish or Aerosol Varnish, and my personal favorite - Krylon Spray Varnish.
I use it all the time, probably even more often than the regular varnish, like Liquitex. Why? The reason is that I love impasto technique. And when the painting is textured, it can be really hard to varnish it evenly. Varnishing can also be a problem when you work with pastels or watercolor, as you don't want to smudge all the beauty of the painting while varnishing it.
In these cases, Spray Varnish works like a charm. It covers everything evenly, it's easy to use and doesn't require any special skills. Besides, you don't need to use a brush.
Krylon Spray Varnish
Size: 11 oz. (311 g) spray can
Finish: non-yellowing Gloss, Satin or Matte
Use for: Acrylic and Oil Painting (some go on Watercolor, Oil Pastels and Colored Pencils, always check the label)
Removable: UV Archival series is removable
Price: from $7.38 to $19.35
Cheapest Place to buy: Amazon.com (rating is 4.4 on 115 reviews)
Krylon Spray Varnish is one of the best spray varnishes I've tried so far. It's affordable and super easy to use. I love how it brings out all the colors of the painting when dry. It provides advanced protection against UV rays, fading, dirt, moisture, and discoloration, and works on pretty much any type of painting. It's non-yellowing, flexible, and quick-drying varnish; crystal clear when applied. Also, UV Archival series can be easily removed with paint thinner or other mild solvents. Available in multiple sheen finishes.
Usage Recommendations: Apply when the painting is completely dry, normally within three to five days for acrylic paintings, and six to 12 months for oil paintings. I always apply couple coats of varnish (10-15 min in between each coat). To practice with aerosol varnish, you can spray it over some "unimportant" painting, or paper palette, if you use any.
Warning: make sure to use spray varnish is the well-ventilated area and NEVER use aerosol around flame/fire.
Let me know how you like working with this awesome product! Also, if you are looking to work with a traditional varnish that is applied with brush, I recommend you to review this article - Liquitex Varnish. To get more information about varnish in general check out the Varnish For Painting - Types and Differences.
Please, let me know if you have any question about the Krylon Spray Varnish specifications or usage details. And have fun experimenting!