Oil-based glazing method:
Rating 3 - mod. to difficult
For walls, furniture, objects, fine art 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 watery
appearance. 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 slightly
For color suggestions refer to the artsparx
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. Allow to fully dry (24
universal tinters with glaze coat thoroughly and add
mineral spirits (white spirits). Experiment with fluidity
and color strength. Don’t dilute glaze too much, as this
will be your ‘master glaze color’
Step 4: Place
a portion of the prepared glaze color in a 2.5
qt. bucket. Add mineral spirits and dilute to proper
consistency. Experiment. Wearing
protective gloves, saturate a clean rag with mineral
It is important to use caution with solvents. Always use appropriate protective
gear on all exposed body areas, especially the hands and eyes. Always work in a
well-ventilated room. DO NOT SMOKE or work near heat sources as
many solvents are flammable.
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 5: Use a
large 3-inch to 5-inch brush to apply glaze color. Starting at the top of the
wall, take rag dampened with mineral spirits and wet surface.
Work in one area at a time, moving methodically forward over wall surface.
|Glazing application diagram for wall surfaces
Apply glaze in irregular sections.
This insures a random overall appearance and helps diminish potential 'burn'
lines (glaze build up from section to section). See
glazing methods for more information.
you use a sponge, prepare it by rounding corners and edges. Click here to learn
Saturating the surface first allows the glaze to go on
fluidly and evenly.
Using brush dipped in the glaze, brush over dampened area
of wall, spreading glaze. Work evenly over area for full coverage. Use a sponge
or a clean rag to soften glaze by rubbing over surface, using a light touch
and vary the pressure applied to leave areas with slightly denser
concentrations of glaze.
softening glaze over surface
Continue to soften glaze color working in a criss-cross
manner until desired smoothness is achieved.
A dry brush can be used to help soften surface. Work quickly and
conscientiously, keeping exposed edges dampened with mineral spirits.
softening glaze with dry brush
Step 6: 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 a 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 7: To
protect the surface, an oil-based varnish, such as
oil varnish may 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 finish varnishes.
Step 8: Clean
up with mineral spirits.
WARNING - Always dispose of rags and waste spirits appropriately. To find
a waste disposal facility in your neighborhood click
Retain some of the master glaze for future touch-ups in a
covered glass container.
Dispose of remaining glazes properly.