Glazing is painting one color on top of another dry color to change the value or color.

I wanted to touch a little more on glazing this week after my demo in last weeks article. I hope this exercise will help anyone who is still a little unsure about glazing.

Draw 3 – 2-inch squares, paint them with juicy pigment (not watery) with Winsor or Hansa Yellow, Winsor or pyrrole Red, and Burnt Sienna. Allow this to completely dry. Touch the squares to the back of your hand if it feels cool to touch it is still wet. You could dry these with a hairdryer to speed up the drying time.

After they are completely dry you are going to mix up about the same consistency as before of Ultramarine blue. Cover each square with the blue.  As you can see in the picturebelow, you have created a 3rd color by glazing the 2nd color over top of the first.

Below are the results of mixing the same colors we glazed with the ultramarine blue on the palette before applying them to the paper, they are dull and boring compared to the glazed versions. That is why I love glazing!

Below is a quick video demo on glazing. Please note that between every layer of new color, I let the painting dry completely before adding another layer.

The video has no sound 🙂 I struggled with this, sorry for the poor quality. The next one will be better 🙂

Here is a close up picture of the lily bud from the video. I could have kept adding layers to this to make it more detailed but I hope this was enough to give you the process of glazing with watercolor.

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