The Finishing Touches – Resin, Vanish or Naked?
With a art-grade resin finish it is important to note that paintings on a white canvas may yellow slightly over time. I use the highest grade resin available with UV protection, but paintings do like to mature and acrylic paints combined with resin react specifically with a pure white background. You will not notice any effects on any other coloured background so this issue is very specific. It is something to factor in when you make your choice because although I have controlled every aspect of the paintings evolution that I can, the opaque journey of a white background (in some instances) is beyond my artistic control.
Resin is popular because it provides a super glossy finish to the painting. It is a glass like surface that gives the acrylic colours an extra punch. Resin paintings do require a little bit more love as I do not advise putting them in hot/moist environments like bathrooms or kitchens and they should also be positioned away from radiators and direct sunlight.
All paintings age over time so don’t worry if your preference is for resin. I have many happy clients and repeat buyers who have had their paintings over ten years and witnessed no change to their appearance. It is a good way of protecting the paint used and ensuring the longevity of your artwork. Resin can sometimes need multiple layers to ensure a smooth finish. It is the most labour intensive finishing touch so there might sometimes be a small extra fee to cover its application.
Acrylic painters will often opt for a varnish finish to protect their artwork as it is easier to apply and gives the painting a shiny gloss finish. It can also be used to accentuate certain features. So for instance in my woodland series you might choose a varnish finish on the tree so that it subtly contrasts with the background, or on one of my heart pieces. I use artist-grade quality varnish that contains UV protection. I have never seen any yellowing with a white background where varnish is involved and the overall weight of the artwork will be less than when coats of resin are applied.
Varnish gives a lovely shimmery finish that suits my work nicely and protects the acrylic paint to keep the colours as fresh and as captivating as they were on the day you bought it. Varnish is easier to apply so there is never an extra fee for application.
Some people like to see their artwork without an obvious finish to it. It shows off the intricate detail of the painting. This is when a ‘Matte Varnish’ is used as it gives the most natural finish. I usually recommend a gloss varnish finish as I think it adds a little shine to the piece but without overwhelming the design but I completely understand people loving the glass like finish of resin.
It is entirely up to you what finish you opt for but I do ask you to sign a disclaimer to acknowledge the marginal risks linked with Resin – I like to future proof my artwork so you can enjoy it forever and rigorously test the products and techniques I use regularly. I hope the decision is a little easier to make now you are more aware of with the options available.