amber varnish and amber solution1. What differences are there between YOUR varnish and other ones?
Ours is a "fat" varnish which:
- Can be applied immediately without waiting for the usual minimum 6 month drying period
- Become an integral part of the painting since they have the same nature, and is therefore not removable.

2. Is it possible to repaint a picture which was painted or varnished with amber several years before ?
Yes. this is an additional advantage of our varnish. You just have to apply, using your finger for example, apply a light scumble of painting medium and touch up varnish. Thanks to this scumble the part to be repainted will recover its color and the application of the new layer of color will be easier.

3. But it is very expensive !
Yes, but you only use a very small quantity so that finally you don't pay much more for an incomparable fastness and a matchless effect.

4. Can varnish be used as a medium ?

5. Can medium be used as a varnish ?

6. How can it be removed after 10 years ?
It can never be removed as it is an integral part of the painting.

7. But varnish gets old and dirty just like a wall or a window !
You must not fear any deterioration due to aging. And it is easy to clean: you can use soap, rainwater and a soft brush. Of course the parts that have not been protected by paint or varnish must not be wet.

8. What does it look like ? Is it mat or glossy ?
When it has just been applied it seems glossy but with the time it becomes glazed (mat).

9. Why would I put amber in my painting ?
- To give it more depth, thanks to its refraction index
- To protect and keep the purity and the fineness of shades and pigments
- To make further maintenance easier
- Particularly to allow superposing of glaze fresh on fresh without mixing them - excepted if you want it- and - as Rubens did - finishing a picture in a few days or ever in a few hours.

10. Which painters have used amber in their painting ?
- First the " Flemish Masters " whose technical superiority can be appreciated in most art galleries
- A lot of modern artists of any speciality. Among whom S. DALI is probably the most famous and well-known. He wrote about amber in his book " 50 Magic Secrets ".

11. You put poppyseed oil into most of your colors, but this oil is less solid than linseed oil !
Yes but a painting is not meant to stay outside. Moreover it is possible to add amber to give a matchless solidity and at the same time avoid the well-known yellowing of linseed oil in the darkness.

12. Is the yellowing of linseed oil so considerable ?
It is sufficient to kill some shades, particularly whites and blues.

13. How must your amber varnish be used ?
You can give it the fluidity you want by adding turpentine spirit. And then, it can be applied like another varnish. The more fluid it is, the quick the drying will be and the thinner the varnish layer will be. Please note however that a picture painted with varnish or medium in all its parts doesn't need to be varnished. It is already protected in the mass.

14. How long does the drying last ?
Generally 1 or 2 days to be off-dust, but it can take one week or even more for thick layers of varnish that have not been , or have been insufficiently diluted with turpentine spirit.

15. Wouldn't we get a better protection with a thicker layer ?
Two thin layers are always superior to a too thick layer, which would create problems such as cracks, flowings, non hardening, Besides an abnormally long drying would encourage dust encrusting. If you have never seen a painting made or varnished with amber, you cannot realize to which extent it can emphasize the most subtle tints and preserve them through years. In this matter we now have a personal experience of more than 130 years. - J. BLOCKX Fils s.a. - Contact