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David Anderson, Streetwise Creative Group, LLC

What coating is recommended for Lyve if the artist want's to work back into the print with oils?

I'm thinking that Timeless would actually be a mistake and that something like Liquitex Soluvar Gloss Varnish Aerosol 14 Oz would be better? However, the print would be made on a Canon ipf8300 with water-based inks anyway, so I'm not sure if a solvent based coating would be a bad idea on the print?

Thanks in advance.

September 17, 2012, 2:21 pm • United States


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Roberta Anslow,
Sorry for the late response, but just started looking at the forum. I have a customer who does just what your customer wants to do.  I print an image on Lyve canvas for her and she paints over it with oils. I do not use any coating. Works just  great.

February 19, 2013, 8:33 am • United States

George Caramanna,
I would suggest you use a traditional medium if you want to work with oil on the lyve canvas.  I am not sure if enough testing has been done with these other coatings in relation to oil paint and would worry about de-lamination of the upper surfaces.  I have personally used mastic varnish over a verdaccio underpainting with success.  I have also used no protection for a number of works that have involved encaustic, and oil paint over the underdrawing.  I have a canon ipf 8100 and the ink has never smudged, run or lifted from the surface under some quite extreme conditions.  I am not sure that you need to protect the underpainting as much as the final top layers of your image.  I would strongly suggest you not use acrylic varnish as a top coat on oil painting. 

September 18, 2012, 11:32 am • United States

Artur Patkowski, Breathing Color
Hi David,

Timeless varnish should be fine if you apply oils to the print. I've spoken to a few customers, that go through that process and have no issues.

As always, I recommend testing on a small sample, just to be safe. 

September 17, 2012, 5:17 pm • United States