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Natalie Singer

8 Days Ago

Painters Question

I can't seem to find this answer anywhere else so I'm asking you guys; does anyone know if one can use a spray fixative on an acrylic painting on panel THEN use a coat of varnish on top of that?

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Ronald Walker

8 Days Ago

Reason being? I am guessing the spray fixative is just a protective coating on the painting prior to the varnish. The varnish is to add sheen? There are acrylic varnishes available, are you talking traditional varnish used in oil painting?

 

Natalie Singer

8 Days Ago

Ronald....no, Kamar semi gloss spray varnish. The "reason being" is I wanted to lightly spray with the fixative to set the acrylic and alcohol ink...I don't usually use inks and it doesn't look like ink the way I used it....but I know that sometimes ink can change slightly when sprayed....the painting sold so quickly I hadn't even varnished it yet so I REALLY don't want to screw it up...when I realized it had ink it I thought I might be better off with the fixative but that's not all that protective...so I'm trying to figure out if I can use varnish over the fixative.

Wow...that's a longer answer than I meant to write. Sorry. lol

 

I paint in watercolor & don't use any fixative, so can't help you there.

But when I do have a painting question, I pose it on Google to wetcanvas. The Wetcanvas community has a lot of great experience.

Google search: "can i use a spray fixative on an acrylic painting on panel THEN use a coat of varnish on top of that wetcanvas"

The wet canvas results from such a google search seem easier/more specific for me then going on wetcanvas.com & doing the same search.

 

Natalie Singer

8 Days Ago

Carlin...thank you. I'll try wetcanvas. I did google it, pretty much exactly worded as you suggested and didn't get the answer so I tried here.
Will try again since I'm getting very little response here.

Thank you again.

 

Carmen Hathaway

8 Days Ago

 

Natalie -- this may be redundant -- but first thought came to mind was that alcohol inks can react to solvents in spray fixative.

In my acrylic paintings -- I've often used isopropyl alcohol to create 'blooms' and such. I've never used sealers on my acrylic paintings.

https://alcoholink.community/how-to-seal-alcohol-ink-art/


carmenhathaway.com

 

Natalie Singer

8 Days Ago

Thanks Carmen...I'll take a look. Thank you!

 

Sally Trace

8 Days Ago

You could do a test painting with the same materials, let it dry overnight and then try out different approaches. I always do this, when in doubt. It's always surprising and the only way to know for sure without risking the original.

 

Natalie Singer

8 Days Ago

Sally....thought of that too. I think it's the best way to do it. Just thought before I waste time and materials there might be a solid answer out there, somewhere, on the internet to what seemed like a pretty simple question.....guess notlol.

 

Ronald Walker

8 Days Ago

The ink aspect sort of throws me, I think Sally has a good idea.

 

Natalie Singer

7 Days Ago

Well....my gut told me to just go ahead and varnish it and I did and it looks great. I may have waited long enough between finishing the piece and varnishing that it cured long enough to not be affected .

Than god because I didn't want to have to refund the money OR ruin the painting.

Thanks to you guys for your suggestions.

 

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