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CAUTION: The varnishing of watercolour paintings is a non-reversible addition to the artwork that will permanently change both the nature and appearance of the piece. Understanding these issues as well as performing application testing is critical before applying any varnish to a watercolour painting.   Watercolour paintings are very fragile and easily damaged if not protected. Traditionally framing the watercolour under glass has been the solution. It is possible to varnish watercolour paintings with minimal change to the colour and texture of the painting and to make the varnish completely removable with the use of an isolation coat. Without an...

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