Being a painter, you know that every aspect in creating an exquisite masterpiece matters, right? So that means, then, that even those simple touch-ups like glaze have to be emphasized or focused
on in order for the painting layer to look beautiful as imagined. But the critical question is: are you adept or dexterious enough to simplify the process and ensure getting the desired outcome? Anyway, it's
not only your skill which is needed as patience and persistence are also a key to master the craft of glazing. And to help you do the job well, these are the facts and tips to consider:
Overview of Glazing
This is quite fundamental, but you have to be reminded that glazing is just one of the many things to learn in painting. It is particularly done by building up color through the application of thin and transparent layers on the top of another dry layer. You can use acrylics, oil paints, or watercolors for this purpose. Meanwhile, keep in mind that each glaze modifies or tints those beneath it, as such, not doing it well could ruin your masterpiece. So keep it safe by following the simple guides below.
Familiarize the Transparent Colors
Initially, you have to learn which pigments are opaque, transparent, and semi-transparent – this can be checked on the paint tubes; otherwise, you can test it yourself. So why do this? As you probably know, the transparent colors work well for having rish and subtle colors through the layers of glazes. It does not mean, though, that the other alternatives like opaque colors cannot give good result; that's just a matter of creativity on your part. However, if you're not yet used to glazing, it is clever to start with the transparent colors and just use the other for lower layers of oil paintings from photos.
Have Extra Patience
You ought to because that's what this chore would require. It does not just end after few seconds – you still have to wait for the paint to get totally dried before you can apply a glaze onto a layer. As such, there's no way for rushing up. But you can speed up the process by using a hair dier if you're working in acrylics. In case you will opt for oil glaze, keep in mind that the drying time would depend on the climate in and the codition of your studio. For this reason that trying out some sample glazes are important before experimenting on your artwork.
Use a Soft Brush
Remember that glazes should be painted smoothly and without visible remarks. So you have to use a soft brush with rounded edges in order to achieve the desired result of your photo realistic painting. With this, you can glaze using stiff and hog-hair brush; though, it's not always ideal especially if you're new to this chore. Anyhow, you can flick over the top of the pait using a hake brush or dry fan for the visible brush marks to be eliminated.
There are some other things that you should know about proper ways to ensure ideal Photo Painting glazes. But what's more important among all is the fact that this technique should not be used if you're after instant gratification. This is a best option only if you can take time to give your painting with richness, depth, or value that it truly deserves