Pig; casein on basswood; 2"x3"x4"; 2017
I carved this pig a few months ago but brought it out tonight because it highlights a decision I've come to regarding finishing my casein paintings.
After the casein paint dried on this pig, I buffed it vigorously with a cotton cloth until it had a nice luster.  I wanted to avoid any nasty chemicals as I was thinking these little carvings would make nice gifts for my grandchildren.
As it turns out, 2 dimensional paintings can be buffed too.  In fact, it's a preferred method and has been so for centuries.  Terry Stanley, from The Art Lady Confidential, says,
"Casein shouldn't be varnished (or finish of some sort be applied) before it is completely cured, which can take up to 4-5 weeks. Varnish is actually unnecessary which is why it's not made anymore. If you insist on varnishing, an acrylic one will be fine. Do NOT use an oil varnish as it can cause adhesion issues, orange peeling, etc. Casein on panel or other rigid support is meant to be buffed. Once completely cured, take an old t-shirt rag or other non-listing cloth and gently but vigorously rub the surface. A lovely satin-ish sheen will come to the surface and actually protect the painting. Properly applied to an acceptable, prepared painting surface, caseins weather time even better than oils. If you use paper as your chosen surface, it is recommended that it be framed under glass."
I'm delighted to have finally resolved this issue in such a zero-waste-non-chemical way.  A big THANK YOU to The Art Lady for her help!


sumanth said...

Thank you I was really want to get some more detail and information
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Mary Klein said...

You're welcome, Sumanth - glad you found this helpful!