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If you're interested in seeing your creations - graphic or otherwise - in an objective way, hold the item up in front of and facing a mirror from a distance of 3 to 5 feet.. You'll be better able to critique your item and tell where another detail may be added, or another color repeated, or an area needs to be broken up with an addition of something.I rely on this method with everything I make and it never fails to give me success!
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Folk Art Painting- Finishing Your Piece
Monday, September 25, 2006
Folk Art Painting- Finishing Your Piece

Once you have finished painting your piece it is time to protect it . This can be done either with a water based varnish or spray varnish. Varnish not only protects your piece but brightens the colors making it appear more dimensional. Some helpful tips for finishing your piece

For a shinier finish use a satin varnish and for a less glossy finish use a matte varnish

Be sure your piece is completely dry before varnishing

Remove all graphite lines with a art gum eraser

Wipe your piece completely with a tack cloth to remove all dust particles

When applying a varnish use nice long strokes and do not over stroke - this will leave streaky finish

Do not shake your varnish it will cause it to have air bubbles and foaming when you apply it to the piece

Apply 2-3 coats of varnish allowing it to dry thoroughly - drying time will vary according to the humidity in the air and be sure to wipe your piece with a tack cloth each time right before varnishing

When spraying an item spray in a well ventilate area
Never spray by pointing directly at the item you will get overspray causing yellowing and runs instead spray above the item letting the mist fall down on it

Items to be placed outside need to be protected with varnishes appropriate to outside use and be sure to do all sides

Remember varnishing is important to protect the hours you have spent doing a project

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