How to make acrylic paint glossy

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How to make acrylic paint glossy
A stiff-bristled brush works best when applying acrylic varnish. (a brush for painting image by timur1970 from

Acrylic paint, a permanent and water-soluble paint used by artists, has a small amount of sheen when dry. It is, however, possible to make an acrylic painting look shiner and glossier if that is a more desired look.

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Things you need

  • Acrylic varnish, medium gloss
  • Paper plate
  • Stiff-bristled paint brush

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  1. 1

    Pour a small amount of varnish onto the paper plate. Dip a clean, dry brush into the varnish.

  2. 2

    Apply smooth, even brushstrokes to the surface of the acrylic painting, all in the same direction. Do not overlap brushstrokes.

  3. 3

    Wait for varnish to dry completely. If you want to add a second coat, make your brushstrokes smooth and perpendicular to the first set of strokes.

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