Glazing Techniques – Glazing A Painting – Transparent Color

by Neadeen Masters on August 8, 2012

Glazing Techniques used for painting flowers is a little like wearing rose colored glasses!

When learning how to paint flowers, it is important to understand the painting techniques used to create  their brilliant colors and details. Have you ever looked through a pair of amber colored sunglasses and seen the world bathed in golden light? Glazing Techniques are a little like those rose colored glasses. Just as we can change the way we see the world through colored glasses, we can change the color of painted flowers and any object with a thin application of transparent color. Relative to painting, ‘Glazing’ is a painting technique where transparent color is applied over a dried under-painting. Think of it like laying down a sheet of colored glass. The paint film is applied so thinly, that the form of the flower or object is not affected, but its color and value is changed.

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Enhance and deepen your flower colors with Glazing Techniques

In the floral image above, oil painting glazes have been used to color the pink roses. Observe how the pink color on the flowers looks more saturated and darker in some areas. The artist would have applied more than one application of glazed color, slowly building thin layers until reaching the desired effect. When artists learn to paint realistic styles such as still life and painting flowers, glazing techniques are often the favorite way to develop rich transparent colors.

  • Glazing can be used with oil painting, acrylic and watercolor painting. The paint is usually applied with the help of a paint medium such as an oil based medium for oil painting, or an acrylic Extender for acrylics.
  • With watercolours, water serves as the medium to make the paint transparent and thin.
  • Traditionally glazing techniques are used to create deeper, richer hues. These have been referred to by some as creating ‘jewel like’ colors.
  • The goal of glazing is often to shift the hue (color) deepen the value (darken), or shift the temperature, (more often to warmer) or adjust the intensity (make dull or intensify).
  • At the end of the painting process, the artist can also build greater interest into the focal area through the addition of paint glazes.
  • Glazing a painting is used only as a measure to enhance and adjust and not recommended for the correction of incorrect ‘form’. The artist should always check the painting for correct form, prior to the glazing steps.
  • Too many glaze applications can result in a muddied appearance… so sometimes ‘less is more’.
  • Glazes are applied when layered or indirect painting methods are used.

Visit the Art Apprentice Online for a wide selection of online art classes  that will enhance and grow your painting skills. Successful flower painting depends on learning the right painting techniques that will help the beginning artist acheive rich color and good likeness to the flower subject.

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