1. Very helpful Nancy. Thank you. I also use a water based spray varnish as I have asthma and can’t do volatile organic solvents.

  2. Nancy, I do a lot of painting in gouache. (Not gouache acrylic.) I am always compelled to cover with glass.
    What do you think about covering a gouache painting with this Golden Acrylic glazing medium? Could I then get away with framing without glass protection??
    Many thanks.

    • Hi Carol,

      I researched gouache and it appears that some people recommend using Golden soft gel gloss and distilled water in a ratio of 2:1. Mix it up and then apply to the painting. Some apply it with a brush (or you could use a color shaper) and others use a Prevar paint sprayer to apply the isolation coat. I think you could try this and see what you think. Thanks for writing.

  3. Nancy, I always love your mark making!

    I use a heavier matte medium and find it less inclined to smudge than the more liquid ones when I apply it. The colour shaper is a great tool for doing this. I also have a non aerosol spray fixative that someone recommended a number of years back that I like. I forget the name of it but it is readily available at most art supply stores.

    • Thank you Carole! I’ll try the heavier matte medium and see how that is. Thanks for the tip. Several of my artist friends have used the non aerosol spray fixative you mention and that sounds like a great alternative.

  4. Thank you Nancy, I was wondering, how do you present a painting for sale. Considering the edges of the painting are part of the painting, do you adhere it to a mat board, and then frame it?
    As my previous work has always been painted on canvas stretched over a wooden frame depth 4cm. Water colours with a Matt board on top of work and glass, framed.

    • Hi Helen,
      You’re welcome. I often work on paper and I like to display it by having it wet mounted on acid free foam core and then dropped into a contemporary floater frame without glass. I use acrylic glazing medium to seal anything unstable such as charcoal marks.

  5. Hi Nancy. Thank you for being so generous with your studio cocktails….you mentioned that you would post about how to deal with oil pastels. Can I find that somewhere? I actually use Shiva oil paint sticks on my canvas work. I love them because they dry so quickly and when smudged create a soft subtle line. They fully cure, however I feel they are particularly vulnerable to being scratched. I was hoping I might try whatever your oil pastel method is over my paintstick marks.

    • Hi Mel rea,

      You’re welcome. Well, oil pastels are an entirely different animal. They’re like lipstick, they never dry. They have mineral oil as a base. What I’ve learned about working with them is that you need to protect them behind glass. Even if you spray them with a fixative formulated specifically for them, they’re never fully stable. Someone could inadvertently smudge them.

      If I use them on a painting, I only use them a little bit, here and there because I don’t like to frame my works behind glass.

      That’s interesting about the Shiva oil sticks being vulnerable to being scratched. Well, my understanding of oil sticks is that they form a flexible, dry layer. There’s a question as to whether the wax prevents them from completely curing. This may the issue with why they’re vulnerable to being scratched.

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