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R. Carnie Littlefield,

To varnish or not to varnish canvas or fine art papers?

With options like Breathing Color's varnish-free Crystalline gloss or satin canvas out on the market; what are your thoughts on the need to varnish?

July 24, 2013, 12:10 pm • United States


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Justin Bodin, Breathing Color
I have heard of quite a few print makers taking the following approach, or similar:

For a certain market--let's say $XX.XX and lower--use Crystalline, a canvas that doesn't require a varnish to stretch but is still durable, looks fantastic, and has an archival rating of about 50 years uncoated. The Crystalline prints are dry almost immediately and can be stretched, saving you time you'd otherwise spending coating, and decreasing your turn around time making your business all the more appealing from your customer's perspective.

For another market--$XX.XX and higher--use Lyve with a topcoat like Timeless to achieve a super durable print that's certified archival for 100+ years.

July 31, 2013, 8:12 pm • United States