Art Spectrum Damar Crystals - 500g
When used as a medium, damar imparts gloss and lustre to oil colours. It prevents "sinking in" and improves adhesion between layers of paint. Damar also improves the drying time of paint on the canvas, reduces beading and isolates incompatible pigments. Damar dramatically helps maintain lustrous colours and deep darks.
Damar varnish is prepared by suspending damar crystals in a pouch made from cheese cloth, enclosed in a large glass jar with artists pure gum turpentine. An optimal oil painting ratio of 453g of damar crystals to 708g of Gum turpentine can be created. The pouch should be saturated with turpentine allowing the crystals to dissolve. The pouch also retains any impurities or plant matter that may be present in the damar crystals. Once the crystals have dissolved (24-48 hours) the pouch may be removed from the jar and the resulting damar varnish is ready for use. Nothing beats freshly made damar varnish, made to your particular standards. Many artists enjoy being personally involved in their pigment and medium preparation to know exactly what constituents go into their art materials.