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Faber Castell Polychromos pastels on Golden Pastel Ground, without varnish (top left), Lauscaux Fixative (top right), Archival Varnish Gloss (bottom left), and Archival Varnish Gloss + Archival Varnish Matte (bottom right).

Varnishing Mixed Media Paintings

If you are working with mixed media, the best display solution is usually behind UV-protective glass. This provides ultimate protection against UV-light, dirt and dust. If you decide against mounting behind glass, then varnishing or top coating can be the next best option, however, that can become tricky when mixed media pieces contain sensitive materials. […]

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Using Alcohol Inks with GOLDEN Acrylics and Varnishes

In response to recent questions we have received from artists about the compatibility of using our GOLDEN Acrylics and Varnishes with alcohol inks, we decided to test these materials together. Our results were varied, with varnish testing in particular having more inconsistent results than we expected due to the wide range of alcohol inks available […]

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Testing for Sensitivity

Artists enjoy working with many different types of media on a variety of unique surfaces and while we at GOLDEN try our best to test many of the materials available to artists, we are unable to test them all. Being able to test for inherent sensitivities to water or solvents within art materials, for example, […]

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Testing Inks on Various Substrates for Sensitivity to GOLDEN Gesso, GAC 100 and QoR Watercolor

Waterproof India Inks and Shellac-based Primers

We all get tripped up and surprised sometimes. Even the simplest description can set in motion assumptions that lead us to expect one thing only to be sitting there, moments later, head slightly tilted, a quizzical glance showing equal parts frustration and fascination. Which is where we found ourselves a few years back when testing a variety of […]

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