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« on: July 14, 2009 11:10:51 AM »

I want to make some wall decorations by covering framed canvas (the kind artists use to paint pictures) with fabric.  I'd love to finish them with some kind of coating to make them easy to clean. I want to be able to dust them easily or maybe clean them with a damp cloth. If possible, I'd like them to have a bit of a shiny look to them.  Any ideas about what sort of coating of finishing spray spray would work?  Thanks for any input!
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2009 06:20:12 PM »

There are a couple things you can do. Probably the best method would be to use varnish. Originally that was what was used for decopage'. The idea was to make the image seem to actually look like a painting. There is brush on and now some spray versions. You can put on quite a few layers and it will look almosts like glass. Some types of Japanese armor were made of leather saturated in varnish to make it very hard.

Other things you could try are shallack (may have an aging effect), glue mixed wth water or modge podge, clear gloss spray, or clear glazes.
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2009 08:09:58 PM »

Thanks Tomico! So, this is probably a dumb question, but...does the spray variety of varnish actually say "spray varnish" on the can? Is there a particular brand that is best?
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2009 08:37:50 PM »

I found it in the hardware store but I usually use shallack so I didn't pay much attention. I just noted its exsistance. I have never used varnish just read about it. I probably will be using it on a chair that I want to decopage'. Good luck.
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