As I had mentioned in my previous blog, I learned all about quilling from the net. I made few cards which were given in person, so no worry about the paper getting quashed. But for cards which I had to send by post??? I had inquired a quiller about how she makes the papers stiff and she said she applied varnish.
So I got an aerosol spray which was good, but the application was messy. The flowers got stuck to the board and I had difficulty in dislodging them. So I tried picture varnish, this was pretty good but didn't give the glossy finish. I read about Touchwood varnish, and tried. Oh My! Did it give glossy finish? Yes! but the papers lost their natural color. White became yellowish... :(
Oh well! I thought I will try clear varnish, but alas! the papers became too transparent and the feel was not good.
|Applied clear varnish, but you can see the leaves are too stiff and sticking together.|
After all these trials, I feel Camel picture varnish or a nail top coat ( top coat??? Yeah, it is too good but gets dry too quickly that I have to work without a fan... Whew!) are the best. If it is a bigger area, like the bamboo vase, I could play with the aerosol spray.
I also tried without varnish or top coat, with the birthday card I made for my son. But few swirls got quashed since I had to send it by courier. I still feel pretty bad cos I had made the card with lots of care. :(
I am going to try a coat with Fevicol for earrings. Hope it works out well.