Some of my learners ask me if they need to varnish their paintings. I don’t think varnishing is necessary for beginners, but some like the idea of protecting their work for the future or like the look of the varnished finish.
The main reason I don’t suggest varnishing your painting as a beginner is because you are still learning and producing work that is improving all the time. It can also get expensive to varnish every piece of work. I like to save varnishing for the one off pieces of work that I am very proud of or if I know the work is going into an exhibition. However if you are still keen to varnish your work, I will offer some tips on how to go about it.