Basic surface preparation 
Glaze and Glazing

Material descriptions 
Patching drywall 
Paint & varnish removers
Sanding techniques
Sealers & sealants
Solvents & thinners



To create a transparent glaze, white pigment or paint is rarely used in the glaze composition. White tends to add a degree of opacity to the glaze, diminishing the transparency and clarity of color of the glaze.


Definition: Glaze and Glazing:

Glaze refers to a substance that is thinned to create a transparent or translucent film of color. Diluting any paint substance, tinted varnish or tinted water essentially can produce a glaze.

For decorative finishes and faux finishes, glazes are typically created using color suspended in a medium known as glazing liquid or glaze coat (not to be confused with ‘glazing’, a putty used for securing glass in window frames). Glaze coat can be found in both alkyd (oil based) form and acrylic latex (water based) form. Glaze coat is best tinted with universal tinters (also known as universal colorant) to maintain clarity of color, but can also be tinted using Artists paint in tubes. Artists’ oil paint for alkyd glaze coat and Artists’ acrylic for latex glaze coat. Japan pigment also makes an excellent tinter for use with alkyd glaze coat.

Refer to the thinners area in this section for dilution methods and proper use of products, thinners and clean up.

For fine art painting techniques, glazes are often created without use of glaze coat, but can be made by using tinted acrylic medium, liquine, water, turpentine, mineral spirits and varnishes, to name a few.

Watercolor painting is essentially a glazing process, by applying thinned water color pigment in transparent glazes, one layers color on color, to produce the desired depth of color, color tone, and transparency.

Glazes can be produced simply from a tea or coffee mixture, as well as many common items from around the home.

Tinted varnishes are often used to create a glaze for antiquing or color adjustments on floors, furniture, and objects.

For Glazing techniques and decorative finishes refer to artSparx step-by-step archive.



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