Just curious to how you guys are varnishing(if at all) your work? Esp work on paper. I'm thinking about trying it for some of my upcoming work. Mostly, because I don't like having a panel of glass/plexi between the viewer and the work. The museum glass/plexi is amazing and also amazingly expensive. Presenting without a panel at all could be really nice. I've tried the high gloss varnish with my technique(acrylic on watercolor paper).
Pros- deeper , richer color, and of course the protection it offers.
Cons- it really made the texture of the cold press paper stand out as well. It also made brush strokes that weren't very noticeable previous become more apparent. That may not bother me so much now. We'll have to wait and see.
I'm currently working on hot press watercolor paper so I'm assuming it'll be a little different. Perhaps not as much of an issue concerning texture. Got some old illos and will be doing half satin finish other half matte. Just to compare. It's acrylic varnish and it's pretty watered down. So kinda like my work it will be applied in multiple thin washes. Hoping for a nice even application. One tip from Dan Dos Santos' dvd, a foam brush makes for a nice even applicator. I think it's the stiffness that makes it so good...anywaay:/
Any advice, tips, thoughts will be highly appreciated.