washing - Acrylic glaze
For use on walls, furniture, objects, and
in fine arts paint techniques
This decorative effect creates the appearance of floating color. Soft and
watery, or bold and striking. The color density varies over the surface and
creates appearances from parchment to the softness of an
evening sky or the deepness of watery depths. A subtle finish, with little texture, it is an ideal effect to
create mood in a room, background ambience. When using earth tones the color wash can have a slightly
aged appearance and is ideal for irregular wall surfaces.
Color Glaze' mixture and other color suggestions refer to the artsparx color palette…
Step 1: Remove
all nails and repair any damaged or cracked areas. Prime as needed. Refer to
the artSparx basic preparation resource for tips and techniques….
off all baseboard edges, ceiling edge, trim, window and door frames. Remove all
electrical and light switch cover plates. Cover furniture and floor areas with
|Base colors and mixing your glaze
Step 3: Choose
and apply the appropriate eggshell finish base color. Benjamin Moore Linen
White works well as an off white base tone. Allow to fully dry (6-8
your glaze: You can use Universal tinters or Artist
acrylic paints. In a large bucket add about 2
cups glaze coat
(or Floetrol), and water (1/2 cup) with
your colorant. The amount of glaze you mix up
depends on the size of the area you
are working on. If a large area, then
use a full can of glazing liquid (or
bottle of Floetrol). It is always
better to have extra glaze left over, than not
Optional: Mix in 1/4 to 1/2 cup
water based varnish to act as a hardener for
your glazed surface and prevent color bleeding
when washing or applying additional layers of
Testing your glaze: Experiment with fluidity and color strength
by sampling a small swatch of your glaze on
the wall surface and softening out with a dry
brush. Adjust colorant as you see fit. Don’t dilute glaze too
much, as this will be your ‘master glaze color’
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Step 4: Place a
portion of the prepared glaze color in a 2.5
qt. bucket. Add water slowly until you reach a consistency similar to cream. Experiment
with this loose glaze on the wall to determine
color depth and ease of mobility over wall
area. Fill the other bucket 2/3 full with water.
Step 5: Prepare
2 sponges by rounding corners and edges (learn how). Ordinary household sponges will do
fine (1 ½ inch thick and approx 6 inches x 4 inches).
When glazing, always work from top to bottom. If
you start at the bottom and work upward, any drips or spills occurring can
damage already treated lower portion finish.
Step 6: Use one
sponge for the water and one for the glaze color. Starting at the top of the
wall, take sponge 1 with the water and dampen surface. Work in one area at a
time, moving methodically forward over wall surface. See glazing methods for
more information. Saturating the surface first allows the glaze to go on
fluidly and evenly.
work over surface
With sponge 2, dipped in the glaze, rub over damped area of
wall and spread glaze. Work evenly over area for full coverage. Vary the
pressure applied to the sponge to leave areas with slightly denser
concentrations of glaze. Continue to soften glaze color working in a criss-cross
manner until desired smoothness is achieved. Work quickly and conscientiously,
keeping exposed edges dampened with water.
rub over surface
soften color glaze
Step 7: Move to
next area and repeat. Do not put glaze on previous edge but rather apply within
1 inch or so and soften into previous edge with sponge or dry brush.
soften with dry brush
At corners, apply
glaze to within ½ to 1 inch of edge and with a dry brush, work into corner,
then soften and smooth with light, gentle movements.
|Applying a protective varnish coat
Step 8: To
protect the surface, a water-based varnish, such as
be applied after color-washed surfaces have dried completely (24 hrs). For wall
surfaces it is recommended to use flat (matte) finish, eggshell or low-luster
Step 9: Clean
up with warm, soapy water.
Step 10: Retain
some of the master glaze for future touch-ups in a covered glass container.
Dispose of remaining glazes properly.