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As I’ve read and learned, I’ve become braver about some of my creative work. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t need some help still!
Protecting Your Collage
Shared from Creative Collage by Marie Browning, 2008
On painted surfaces, apply two or three coats of acrylic varnish to protect and beautify the finish. Acrylic varnishes come in gloss, satin, and matte sheens as well as sepia, metallic, and iridescent tones.
- Roll the varnish container to mix – don’t shake it – to minimize the appearance of bubbles on your finished piece.
- Pour the varnish in a small disposable bowl. (This prevents the large container from being contaminated.)
- Use a large soft brush to apply the varnish to the surface in slow, thin coats. Let each coat dry thoroughly before adding another layer of varnish. The more thin coats you apply, the tougher the surface will be.
CARE: To care for a varnished surface, simply wipe with a damp cloth. For tough stains or marks, gently sand with very fine grit sandpaper until the mark is gone. Re-varnish the piece with at least two coats.