If you have any concerns as to whether a material you've used on a painting might smear when you apply varnish, treat the painting to a light coat of spray varnish first. Allow this to dry thoroughly before applying more varnish with a brush. Or, you could skip the brush on varnish completely, and simply build up a couple more layers of spray varnish. (When varnish is brushed on textural surfaces it creates unattractive bubbles which can mar the work's appearance. Textural paintings are best treated with spray varnish only.)
If you choose to use both types of varnish on the piece, make sure they're compatible with one another. Check the manufacturer's web sites for guidelines, or call their information hotlines if you're not sure.
Due to the Corona virus, the Surface Design workshop has been postponed until this summer. The new date for it will be announced when the Art House re-opens.
JOIN ME AT A WORKSHOP
SURFACE DESIGN WORKSHOP FOR ARTISTS & CRAFTERS
I'll be teaching this one-day workshop on March 14, 2020 at the Art House! Learn to design your own unique papers and other materials for collage, card making, scrap booking, journal making etc. I supply all the materials. All you need to bring is a sack lunch and a beverage. Hours are 10-4; fee is $90 per person. Register online at acworthartsalliance.org/purchase-workshops/classes or call 678-543-5777. Act now! Seating is limited!