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silly question? probably

hello m'dears, I've had a browse through the FAQ but not spotted anything really that answers my query, so I'm throwing it over to you. If however it's covered from A - Z in the memories, a slap in the face and a push in the right direction should see me through, and obviously I don't mind if this is deleted.

Basically, I'm wondering about what I should/could use as a sealant or varnish on a picture I've (almost) painted using acrylics on canvas board. It's not the greatest work of art ever, just a design really, and there's still plenty of time for it to all go oh so horribly wrong, but it's being made for someone else, my sweetheart overseas, who I know will value it, however inferior it might look to me or any other pair of eyes. And so I know he'd be sad if bits started peeling off, flaking, if it got scratched, or if (I don't know if this can happen in practice, but it is a water based paint after all [isn't it? or am I getting confused, this late at night?]) it got wet and sticky and nasty.

So! Anything I can paint over the top to keep it as healthy as possible? And sorry to be picky, but, since I'm in the UK and most of you grrlies are in the US of A or elsewhere, I'd appreciate it if any suggestions referred to a generic type of product rather than a brandname, as brands can be rather geographically limited.* I haven't really found any shops here that sell specifically art supplies, which seems crazy, but it's true... a few craft shops, or larger department stores w/ arts and crafts supplies, and lots of drapers... but no art shops. If something as basic as wood varnish would be okay, then that would be great(I have a big ol' tin sitting in my craft chest of drawers)! If that's unsuitable for whatever reason, I'd be grateful for any other suggestions.

What a long post for a simple question. I don't talk, I ramble. Sorry... :-)

* Ms Moderator K - ages ago I started making a list of US - UK terminology that might cause confusion for those on either end of it, which I said I'd try to work out into something for the FAQ. I haven't forgotten it, and it's still ongoing, I'd have passed it on earlier, but I've been away from the internet for a while lately, and meanwhile a whole host of new posts have popped up and made it into the FAQ, many w/ examples of just the sorta thing I was talking about. So I reckon I need to catch up on that I think :-) but I'm working on it anyway...


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May. 1st, 2003 06:26 pm (UTC)
wherever you bought your acrylic paints, they should have nearby some sealers and "mediums" in varying degrees of matte and glossy. They will look white in the container, but don't worry, they all dry clear. Any of those things will work, but I'd advise against the gel mediums because they are too thick to brush on, they're meant to add body to paint. You could even use picture varnish for oil paints, but it will take a lot longer to dry, and some of them yellow over time.
May. 1st, 2003 07:09 pm (UTC)
thanks for yr input, v helpful. I'll go out and have a look tomorrow, though not in the shop where I got these acrylics... It's a discount book shop, w/ random little bits of stationery, superbasic kids' craft kits, notepaper, and things... the kind of place that will sell anything it gets a stock load of cheaply :-) so it's highly unlikely to have any sealers next to the six different colours of acrylic they had for sale (sure i'd have noticed if they did). shopping on the cheap is good for the bank balance, not so great when it comes to things like this! but there are a couple of places I can think of looking...

as for yellowing, well, as it stands, the pic is purely yellow ochre/mustardish, will later have some bright red added to it, and yellowing wouldn't necessarily be a negative here i spose.

thanks again... is that two skewered bunnies in yr icon?! :-)
May. 1st, 2003 09:22 pm (UTC)
It's a pair of Peep marshmallow bunnies that I was roasting over the grill after we barbequed one night.
May. 1st, 2003 07:23 pm (UTC)
no rush on that at all!
take your time!
May. 1st, 2003 10:12 pm (UTC)
Acrylic paint is waterproof once it dries, so you might not need any sealer at all
May. 2nd, 2003 02:08 am (UTC)
Hey fellow Brit! I am a faithful user of PVA glue, also known as school glue - the stuff that is all white and gloopy that turns clear. Well if you water it down just a smidgen paint it on, it should be a great varnish/sealer. And cheap too... I am sure that it can be found in the discount bookstore/art shop place that you mentioned. Hope that this helps :)
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