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Tips on Painting Glazes

In painting, glazing refers to applying a thin transparent layer of paint over another, dry layer to build up or modify the underlying color. This is a great way to add luminosity and depth to your art work that can’t be achieved through color mixing. And although it may sound simple at first, the re are a lot of nuances you should know to do everything right. So if you want to learn painting on canvas like here, read carefully!

In painting, glazing refers to applying a thin transparent layer of paint over another, dry layer to build up or modify the underlying color. This is a great way to add luminosity and depth to your art work that can’t be achieved through color mixing. And although it may sound simple at first, there are a lot of nuances you should know to do everything right. So if you want to learn painting on canvas like here, read carefully!

1. Study your transparent colors.
The first thing you should do is learn to distinguish between transparent, semi-transparent and opaque pigments. Using transparent colors to paint glazes will give you beautiful, subtle shades, but with time you can also try to play with opaque paints for this purpose.

2. Wait until the paint dries.
Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to glazing. Don’t apply another coat of paint until the previous layers dries completely! Otherwise the colors will mix together, which is something we are trying to avoid. Those painting on canvas using acrylic paints can accelerate the drying time by using a hair drier. Wait until the paint is dry to the touch, it shouldn’t stick to your fingers. You can also move between several canvases at once while a glaze is drying.

3. Use a ground of light color.
Light colors are known to reflect light as opposed to dark colors that tend to absorb light. Therefore using a light-hued ground will give you more sway over the final look of your glaze. If you aren’t sure, try producing exactly the same effects on both light and dark grounds.

4. Use glazing mediums.
Nowadays, there is a wide range of means to facilitate the painting process. By mixing glazing mediums into the paint, you will thin it to an optimal consistency for glazing. Fast-drying formulas will also reduce the drying time. Besides, glazing mediums improve adhesion even if you added to much water to the paint. Avoid using too much of them, though, otherwise there will be too much gloss in your painting.

5. Glaze with a soft brush.
The layer of glazing should be thin and smooth. Your regular brush might leave imprints in the paint layer, so it’s advisable to apply it with a filbert brush. If there still some noticeable brush marks, you can effectively remove them using a dry fan.

6. Avoid rough surfaces.
Glazing is a delicate process that requires a perfectly smooth surface. You wouldn’t want your glaze to accumulate in dints or break apart at rough spots of the canvas. To avoid that, make sure your canvas is properly primed and try to lay down the initial layering as thinly and carefully as possible.

7. Apply a final layer.
At the end of your work, cover the entire canvas with the final layer glaze to unify all elements of the composition. Alternatively, you can glaze just the element positioned in or near the focal point of the picture.

Glazing will tremendously improve your treatment of color and allow you to achieve amazing visual effects. However, there are also many other tricks that will enhance your painting on canvas. Art by Leonid Afremov is full of those. A famous modern impressionist working with a palette knife, he creates bold colorful cityscapes that catch the eye with expressive contrasts and sophisticated texture. If you want to learn more about his art work, iTunes and Deviantart feature a wide collection of his paintings. You can also visit the artist’s official internet gallery that offers thousands of beautiful bright pictures available for online purchase.