Finished & Curing on the wall
Greetings! A couple of weeks ago I posted how this painting was nearly finished, at the time I thought it was, little was I to know it had so much more to be done to it. Though I can officially announce it's finished, and the isolation coat is curing before I varnish it in a couple of days or so. For the benefit of those unfamiliar with what an "isolation coat" is, as the curing process of acrylic paints proceeds it forms polymer spheres which tighten and pull together to form the surface, this process leaves microscopic gaps between these spheres into which dirt and airborne contamination can ingress over the years dulling the artwork, however this can be stopped if the artwork is varnished and that is why all my work is varnished.
The isolation coat is a layer of pure crystal clear acrylic polymer which acts as a barrier between the pigments and the varnish by locking the pigments safely behind a very durable layer.
Once the isolation coat cures I will then lay one coat of Golden gloss archival varnish followed by one coat of golden satin archival varnish and the work will be finished after 2 weeks of curing. By it's nature Golden archival msa varnish can be removed and the artwork re-varnished by the artist or a restorer, this is where the isolation coat proves invaluable because the varnish can be stripped back to the isolation coat without any damage whatsoever to the pigments and the painting can be safely restored to it's original vibrance. "Wonderful"
Archival varnish also affords U.V. protection, protects the pigments from dulling and cracking, keeps the canvas nice a supple to protect from tearing, protects the surface of the artwork from chemicals and physical impact and it also unifies the surface appearance of the artwork.
There is a science to art you know :) thanks for reading