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Oil: Glaze painting

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This technique is one of the basics of oil painting. A glaze is a thin film of transparent paint laid over a thicker coat of paint. Become an experienced artist by conquering glazing!


What you need to know

To create your glaze, mix color with a dab of a special synthetic glaze medium. Avoid using linseed oil: it will be too liquid, making the colors run on the support.


1. To darken a color


A glaze is the perfect way to represent shaded areas: all you need to do is apply a thin layer of transparent paint over an earlier layer of the same color but lighter.


  •  Wait for the first layer to be perfectly dry.
  •  Make sure the color is transparent enough not to cover the under-layer.



2. To blend two colors


You can also blend colors through transparency.

How does that work?

  • If the under-layer is blue, add a yellow glaze to get a bright green.
  •  If the under-layer is red, apply a thin layer of blue glaze to make it look purple.


3. Enriching an impasto


Applying an impasto glaze allows you to bring out the relief.


Give it a try! Apply a black glaze over a lightly colored impasto. Traces of the brush or palette knife will show very clearly. This is an ideal technique for suggesting stone or wood texture effects.

Suggested products

Canson® Figueras®

See also

Oil: Creating impastos
Réaliser des empâtements
Oil paint works perfectly for creating impastos. And by adding painting or modeling paste, you can obtain original textures.