Displaying Watercolor Paintings Without Glass

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In this demonstration you’ll see how watercolor paintings on paper can be prepared for exhibition by varnishing instead of the traditional encasement behind glass with mats and framing. Coating your work with varnish provides a protective barrier from damaging moisture and sunlight, and with the addition of an optional isolation coat, the varnish can be removed for cleaning or to change the sheen.

Intro: 0:00 – 1:44
Materials List: 1:45 – 2:48
Step 1 – Sealing your paper: 2:49 – 4:10
Step 2 – Applying your finish sheen: 4:45 – end

Adhering Watercolor Paper to Panel