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What Is Glaze?

Learn what glaze is from decorative artist Aliya Riaz in this Howcast painting tutorial.


In this segment of Decorative Painting Techniques we are going to learn something
very, very important which actually is the basis of all of the glazing
techniques, and that is what is glaze.

First, we find out it's actually, even though it looks milky here, it's a
colorless medium which is almost like if you can imagine paint that has no
color in it. And in order for this to be used, you have to mix color in it. So
you actually go to your hardware store or your paint store or your art
supply store and buy the glaze. It's not a question of you making the
glaze, this is something you buy it.

And the next thing that you have to learn once you bought your glaze is how
to mix color in it. Let's say we're going for a burnt sienna color. I have
some fluid acrylics here, and I have my glaze. So what I'm going to do is. . . let's
say for a typical glaze that I would use for a wall treatment I would put five
teaspoons of glaze to one teaspoon of the burnt sienna. And this is how the
glaze automatically takes on the color of whatever you put in it which is
the beauty of a glaze.

And that is the basic way of coloring a glaze.

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