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How to Glaze Your Acrylic Paint Work

Learn how to glaze your acrylic work from painter Linda Rhea in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Linda. I created a company called Paint Along. Check us out at We have really fun painting workshops in Nashville and New York. What glazing is basically layering one color on top of another to cause an effect. We water the paint down and then we use on top of dried paint to make a shadow or just to create depth in the painting. Sometimes people like to use this technique when they are doing a round object, or a 3d object just to give it shadowing and a little bit of depth. So what i'm going to do is we've prepared the canvas here This is just basic yellow paint and it has dried. I'm going to show you three different colors of glazes to show you what it does on the yellow primed canvas. So lets start with blue. What i'm doing is taking my blue paint and i'm watering down. Just right here on my palette i'm just watering it down with a few drops of water and then i'm going to take it and just go across the paint here and you can see what happens, you can see the yellow shining through of the paint. I'll paint a little further so you can see the difference. Next i'll show what red looks like on top of the yellow again i'm going to take the paint. I'm going to water it down on the palette. You can always go back over these glazes and layering them or stack them once they dry you can continue to glaze on top and get different effects. Now i'm going to take a little bit of this, take it on top of the yellow and we'll get an orange to. So you can see the difference here, this is very red and this is goes to orange. Do another color, lets try purple this time and see what happens with the purple. Purple here we're going to add a little bit. We're going to take the purple over to the yellow. Since purple and yellow are complimentary colors the resulting color is probably going to be very gray or dull and that is a demonstration of some basic glazing techniques.

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