evidently it’s a new trend. we’ve been using it lately, but we thought we developed it ourselves.
as diane morgan says,
A new trend is to varnish a watercolor painting so it can be framed without glass. It protects the painting from dust and makes it water-resistant. It’s nice to be able to view the art directly without glass or plexi covering it.
mark golden has this to say:
The artist gains greater adhesion of the pigments to the paper as well as offering the viewer a direct contact with the work. The loss is in the feel of a well made natural paper and the potential that the varnish changes the overall surface quality of a beautiful watercolor.
david castle glues his watercolors down onto stretched canvas using acrylic medium, and varnishes them.
david langevin thinks glazing should become a thing of the past.
judith fields is somewhat of an expert in varnishing watercolors.
the paint spot gives a lot of interesting information on “encapsulated watercolors”
here’s andy mathis on youtube, showing how to do it.
here’s a natural gum arabic varnish that can be lifted by conservators. hmmm.
here’s a lot of information from golden paints.
i think that’s enough for now. i’m tired of looking up references that say this is a cool new way to finish watercolors. i’m going to go down to the studio and varnish me a watercolor as soon as i get the substrate ready.