Using Glamour II as a Texturizing Gel on Canvas Prints

Have you been looking to add another dimension to your canvas prints? Do you want your prints to stand out like they never have before? Want to triple your investment with a product you already have? If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, then this post is for you…

Glamour II has always been one of the leading giclee varnishes in the industry, but did you know that it has multiple uses? If you read our previous post on Mounting Prints with Glamour II Giclee Varnish, you know that it has at least 2. But did you know that you can also use Glamour II to texturize your canvas prints?

There are quite a few different tools for applying texture to your prints, and there are a number of ways to do it. In this post, we will go over the most common tools and how to use them. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Glamour 2 Gloss (dries clear)
  • Smooth, flat surface
  • Paint Brush (multiple sizes)
  • Palette Knife
  • Some Artistic Skill!

Make sure that your canvas prints are coated before getting started. The finish is not important as long as the canvas print is protected. When the print is coated, it will provide a smooth base for the texturizing application. Combining a Gloss coating with the Gloss texture will provide a consistent sheen throughout the print, letting areas that you’ve textured stand out. If you coat a print with a Matte finish, this combination will allow you to highlight different areas of the print and draw more attention to them.

Here are some important tips to help you get started:

  • Use Glamour II right out of the container (no need to dilute)
  • Pour into a cup/separate container to quickly and easily apply more as needed
  • Apply Glamour II to your print using a paint brush or palette knife

***The last tip is the most important part of this process***. This is because Glamour II has leveling agents that want to do their job and level the coating. By NOT diluting Glamour 2 AND letting it sit on the canvas for 10-15 minutes (prior to texturizing), you are allowing the the coating to become tacky. When the coating is tacky, this is the best time to begin adding texture. When it is tacky, the coating will begin to hold the texture you add with the brush or knife and will dry with that texture.

Brush Application:

Palette Knife Application:

If you apply texture and the coating levels out, wait additional time before applying texture again. 10-15 minutes is a general starting point that should work for most users. If you have waited longer then that and the coating is still leveling out, you may have applied too much coating. This is ok because you can still spread it out, or remove excess coating. As long as the canvas has been coated prior to this application, you can easily remove excess coating without damaging the print.

Using a Pallete Knife to bring a tree to life:

Using a Pallete Knife to create a raised surface:

Our good friend Leon Jimenez at L.A. Artwork recently posted a video of texturizing one of his prints with Glamour II. This is a great example of this application being put to use:

Since there is no “Right” or “Wrong” method for this type of application, it’s important to experiment and find what best suites your needs. The method described in this post is just ONE way for using Glamour II to texturize prints. With a little practice, you can be adding great texture to your prints and come up with some useful techniques of your own.

If you are a print-maker who texturizes your prints, I’d love to see some photos of your work! Feel free to post links and your comments below.

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  • Nick Friend

    Great article Paul.  Question:  In your tips, you mention that we should apply Glamour 2 and then let it sit for 10-15 minutes.  Do you mean that we should apply a full coat of varnish over the entire print and let it dry for 10-15 minutes, and then start “texturizing” THAT coat?  Or, do we apply an additional coat the area that we want to texturize?   It would be helpful if you could 1-2-3 the steps…  

    • Paul Morales

      I like coating the entire print first, then going back over with more varnish to texturize. You can do it either way though. In using Brian’s method above, I do it when I’m coating a print with Matte varnish. If I go back with Gloss for the texture, then those textured areas really stand out.

      • Nick Friend

        all clear now!  thanks!

    • Paul Morales

      I like coating the entire print first, then going back over with more varnish to texturize. You can do it either way though. In using Brian’s method above, I do it when I’m coating a print with Matte varnish. If I go back with Gloss for the texture, then those textured areas really stand out.

  • Anonymous

    Personally I coat the entire print with a Matte or Gloss finish, then wait to texturize certain areas of the print.  

    Very rarely do I add a second texturizing coat.  I will apply that first layer of coating to seal the print, then find specific areas in the print I want to “highlight” or “embellish”.   For example, on the last print I did, the only thing I texturized were the leaves in the print, and left all the other stuff alone.

    I feel it’s really up to the printmaker, and it really depends on the image.  Certain images would look great completely texturized, others may look better with minor texturized areas.  Let the artist in you take control!

    I’ve also found that you have to keep an eye on Glamour II when using it as a texturizer.  If you add a heavy coat to texturize, you may have to wait 20-30 minutes before you can really start texurizing.  If you’re only highlighting areas, it may only take 10 minutes for the Glamour II to get tacky enough to where it will maintain the brush strokes and not level out.

    • Paul Morales

      Great tips Brian! The importance of allowing Glamour 2 to become tacky is the vital step in this process to work right. With the right approach, this can really work well.

  • Terry Ritz

    Will this technique work with Lyve?

    • Terry Ritz

      Sorry. I meant “Will this technique work with Timeless?”.

      • Paul Morales

        Hi Terry,

        You can use Timeless with this process and it will work. The key difference is that Timeless will dry much faster than Glamour 2, so I would recommend applying it in small amounts (to start with). As you work your texture in, the coating will start to feel tacky and begin holding its form. This is when the coating will start to dry and keep the texture you’ve created.

        Good luck!

        • Terry Ritz

          Thanks Paul. I’ve started experimenting tonight. I appreciate your help!

    • Paul Morales

      To go with the comment below, YES. You can use this process on Lyve canvas, or any of our canvases. I would recommend coating the entire canvas print first, and when the coating is dry apply the texture on top of that.

      Another effective approach is to coat the print with Matte, but use Gloss for the texture. This creates a “spot varnish” type of application, and looks great with colorful images. 

  • Samaila Sodangi

    I used this technique on a fine art repro i made on chromata white using glamour matte but I didn’t like the result. You could see the texture sitting on the print when viewed at an angle. Need i use gloss to create natural looking texture?

  • Samaila Sodangi

    Sorry, I mean to say timeless matte on chromata white canvas.

  • Martin Taylor

    If adding texture to a stretched canvas print do you stretch the canvas before adding the texture or visa versa?

    Thanks Martin