Many people – collectors and artists alike – have asked me how I seal my watercolor on paper paintings that I then mount on stretched canvas.
An artist friend of mine, Janet Fons (oil pastels), and I both began experimenting with methods for sealing our artwork about a year ago. Neither of us liked the glass we had to use since it created a such a barrier between the art and the viewer. We were also just plain tired of dealing with glass (and for me, I was tired of the whole framing idea – it was making me a bit clausterphobic to have my watercolors so entombed).
After much experimenting, here’s how I seal my watercolors:
1. After I complete a watercolor painting on paper, I seal it with 3-4 coats of Krylon GLOSS UV-Resistant Acrylic Coating. I don’t like the finish of the MATTE coating (plus, it dulls metallics). I use light coats and…
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