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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Creating a Glazing or Color Wash

It is easy to create a glaze. It often is just as easy as mixing your paint with water. This thins the paint and allows you to layer it over the top of another paint color, making it more transparent and allowing the other color to show through. If you are using an oil based paint, you will need to thin this type of paint with an oil based product. There are also mediums out on the market made specifically for this purpose.

One of the important parts of using a glazing medium is to slow down the drying process. This allows you to manipulate the paint when you are creating a faux finish. Allow each layer of color to dry completely before moving on to the next layer.

Using glazes and layering colors will intensify the color painted below. Layering the glazes will alter the color below due to the blending done when the colors are applied. I would recommend practicing this technique on practice boards. You can find these at your local hardware store. Once you are comfortable and have created
the look you are after, move on to your project.

If you are using oil paints, you can either mix them with a glazing medium or turpentine. Oil paints take longer to dry by nature. If you are creating glazes with oil paint, you may have to allow them to dry up to a week before applying the next color!

For beginners I would recommend using acrylic paints and using water to make your glaze. It dries quicker and is cheaper to practice with. Once you get a little practice and experience you might want to venture to the next medium.


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