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
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
Tinted varnishes are often
used to create a glaze for antiquing or color adjustments on floors, furniture,
For Glazing techniques and
decorative finishes refer to artSparx step-by-step