Zellen Paper Glaze

Zellen paper glaze is an awesome product that can be used on paper crafts, watercolour, acrylic paints and more to create various effects. It is an acid-free, thick, glossy varnish that can be used to create 3D effects or simply to create a gloss layer over artworks or craft projects.

For those of you wondering – yes, you can use it over watercolour without your paint running or smudging! This is because it is not water-based like watercolour is. As you can see in the image below – the details and intricacies of the watercolour remain intact without any smudging. The varnish does make the watercolour appear darker though – which will happen with gouache too – so bear that in mind when working with it. You can use the darkening factor to your advantage – on coloured paper for example – to create images or patterns. See the heart example below.

Creating details with dots and lines or various shapes can add another dimension to your artwork, and accentuate details. Just be careful to work slowly when creating numerous dots on a page as you can get strands or ‘spiderwebs’ of varnish in-between. This is because the varnish is so thick and starts to become tacky quite quickly. Don’t worry too much if this happens though, as you can usually brush the strands away when dry.

You can use any sort of brush, but we found that synthetic acrylic brushes work well as they are soft, yet still springy and firm. Use thinners or acetone to clean your brush – turpentine won’t work here – and remember to clean your brush as soon as you are done working so it doesn’t get crusty! Drying time for the paper glaze is 24 hours but you will notice it becomes touch-dry in about an hour or two depending on the thickness. And if you’re wanting to thin down the glaze you can add a little bit of 95% ethanol/ alcohol until you reach the desired consistency.



  1. ChrisReply

    Hi. Sounds interesting! Will it have an even surface like a very thin resin type of glaze or will one still feel the structure of the ground you have painted on (canvas, paper etc.) ?
    thanks 🙂

    • MeganReply

      Hi Chris

      Thanks for your message! In answer to your question, it depends somewhat. It will have a glossy and quite smooth finish, but you will generally be able to feel the texture beneath. However, if you’ve painted the glaze on very thick, and/or if your surface was quite smooth to start with, you might not feel the texture beneath.

      I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions, and we’d be happy to help.

      Warm regards

      The Deckle Edge Team

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