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How to Seal your Alcohol Ink Paintings

Updated: Jan 13, 2022

Hey there,

It happened. I finally started a YouTube channel this week!

A few people reached out to me, asking me to create a video showing them how to seal alcohol ink paintings. Since I love teaching, I figured why not.

Now, if you’re wondering ‘why do I need to seal my alcohol ink paintings,’ don’t worry, you’re not alone! If you’re new to painting, you may not know that you need to seal your artwork.

To seal your work, you should be using a varnish. If you don’t varnish your work, over time, dust, dirt, and pollution will change the look of your painting. Certain types of art mediums are more likely to attract dust than others; however, all paintings can be damaged if left unprotected.

Additionally, ultraviolet light rays can fade some colors that you used. Alcohol inks are not as lightfast as other mediums, so they can fade faster than some mediums if not protected. A varnish can provide additional protection to prevent color fading.

To protect my paintings, I use two varnishes

  1. Krylon Kamar Varnish

  2. Krylon UV Archival Gloss

I use the Kamar varnish first to seal the painting, followed by the UV spray to protect. Simple steps like these will protect your artwork for years to come.

Watch the video below to see the full process.

I hope you enjoyed this video. If you have ideas for future video feel free to submit them using my contact form

xo, Mandy

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