How to Make Acrylic Paint Gloss Without Varnish
Acrylic paint is a fast-drying medium consisting of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylics are versatile, easy to use, and non-toxic. They dry quickly, won’t yellow or crack as they age, and can be used on paper and canvas.
The “liquid” form of watercolor paints dries more slowly than the “wet” form of oil paints, but it generally dries within hours rather than days.
It’s best to work with acrylics if you’re looking for vivid pigments that offer quicker drying times without sacrificing quality or versatility. If you’re interested in learning how to make acrylic paint gloss without varnish, this article will give you some helpful information on how to make acrylic paint gloss without varnish. So let us get started.
Summary: If you’re looking to paint a glossy finish without using a varnish, there are a few different ways you can go about it. One option is to use a gloss medium, like Mod Podge. Another option is to add some pigment to your paint before adding the gloss. And finally, you can use a gloss sealer to give your finished piece a glossy sheen.
Tools and Materials:
1. An empty spray bottle (if you don’t have one, get a new one at any dollar store)
2. Acrylic Paint: use the same type of paint that you want to make glossy (duh!)
3. Water (tap water is fine, but consider using distilled if your tap water comes with too many chemicals)
4. Elmer’s Glue-All or White Glue(Elmer’s white glue works best). I suggest getting the minuscule amount so there are no leftover crumbs after opening to prevent future mishaps.
5. A Fine Spray Bottle(make sure it has a little pressure behind it, this is how much air goes into the mixture to allow evaporation and, therefore, the glossy quality of the paint mixture. This is what makes it a water-to-paint ratio for acrylic glossing.)
Guide on How to Make Acrylic Paint Gloss Without Varnish:
Put three parts of Acrylic Paint into the spray bottle. Then add 1 part water, and shake/stir thoroughly until there are no clumps of dry paint left behind (this may take a few minutes of shaking the mixture). If you screw on the cap with your fingers tightly enough, you can avoid making too much mess when you open it again later to use some more paint.
Now, get your Elmer’s Glue ready by putting about a tablespoon in a bit a container. If you use it later, make sure the container can hold four times that amount or more.
Put the cap back on and shake it again for a few minutes to get all the dry paint out. You must do this, or else when you add in the glue, it will make your mixture too thick to spray correctly.
Once you have shaken it until there are no more clumps of dry paint, open up the bottle and squirt in Elmer’s Glue (or White Glue) into the bottle at a steady pace until your bottle is about 2/3 full.
If you want glossy paint that dries faster, use less water; If you wish to have less gloss and longer drying time, use more water (but don’t pour it in like crazy, or else they won’t dry well).
Put the cap back on and shake it again for a few minutes to get all the glue out. You must do this, or else when you add in the water mixture, the bond will make your mixture too thick to spray correctly.
Once you have shaken it until there are no more clumps of glue, open up the bottle and squirt some water into the bottle at a steady pace until your bottle is about 1/3 full (this includes both your paint and water mixtures combined).
Now shake it one last time until the paint mixture and the water mixture is combined into a lovely smooth liquid with no lumps or anything in it. If you want to, you can put a small amount of paint on a paper towel and test if your spray will work by spraying some on there and seeing if it leaves a nice smooth layer of what should be glossy paint.
Once everything is mixed into that wonderful concoction, screw the cap back onto your bottle tightly, turn it upside down, press down once or twice just enough to get all of the air bubbles out from the mixture, then give it about ten good shakes.
Precautions While Making Acrylic Paint Gloss Without Varnish:
- Don’t add too much water to the mixture. It could destroy the paint’s consistency.
- If you drop any color on your cloth or carpet, immediately soak it in a solvent.
- Mix only when required because leftover acrylic paint is hard to grind later.
- Clean your brush with soap and tap water after painting and before you start making a new color mixture.
- Store your paint in a flat container.
- Paint with acrylic colors is not recommended for any fabric made of natural silk, hemp, or wool fiber. On the other hand, vinyl is suitable.
Is Varnish Harmful for Acrylic Paint?
Acrylic paint is a free-flowing, water-soluble paint that can be used on its own or in combination with oil paints. Acrylic paint has an acrylic resin binder that gives it the ability to adhere to surfaces.
It also dries quickly and shrinks very little when dry; acrylic paint does not discolor like other types of paint. Although it is generally more expensive than other paints, few artists can deny its unique properties.
However, many artists do not enjoy using acrylic paint because they feel it lacks depth and richness; once dried, the color is matte without shine which does not allow the artist to have control over the amount of light reflected from their art piece. It also does not allow the artist to bring out the brilliance or dark tones.
The problem arises when an artist finishes their work and wants to give it shine without using varnish; they often resort to other means like lacquer, oil paint varnish, and gloss glaze. Each of these options has its strengths and weaknesses.
Using coloring is harmful because you use nitrocellulose as a solvent that emits toxic fumes. Oil paint varnish gives your work an excellent luster but beware because it takes days before painting can be hung up at room temperature, making applying such coating impractical if one desires instant results.
I hope this article has offered you all the necessary information regarding how to make acrylic [ain’t gloss without varnish. Ensure all the precautions are adequately followed. Thank you and have a nice day!