One of the beloved aspects of using acrylic paint for art is its versatility.
But having so many avenues of use can also be intimidating. Don’t let that stop you–start by learning one or two new techniques at a time and apply them as you practice working with acrylic. Glazing, for example, is a popular way to manipulate the look of acrylic.
In the newest issue of Acrylic Artist, Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson explain more: “Glazing is an additive process that adds depth and interest to your acrylic surface, and is especially effective when applied over textures and mixed-media materials. Glazing medium–available in a gloss, satin or matte sheen–is used either alone or tinted with a transparent or translucent color to produce a rich effect.”
Acrylic Painting Techniques: Glazes
by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson
1. Shiny (top image)
Glaze over a nonabsorbent surface of gel gloss. The glaze ‘sits’ on the surface, resulting in a shiny, crisp sheen.
2. Diffused (middle)
Apply a glaze over an absorbent surface of light molding paste. The glaze is absorbed into the surface, creating a muted, diffused look.
3. Erased (bottom)
Use untinted glazing medium as a resist by dropping it onto a still-wet surface color. Let the paint dry, but wipe off the glazing medium before it dries.
There are four more glazing effects, six tips for success, and a painting demonstration–all in this article alone! Other highlights from the Spring issue of Acrylic Artist include winning artworks, advice on how to use your acrylics like traditional oils for impressive results and practical creativity tips. You’ll love the variety of art that you’ll find within, and are sure to be inspired. To be one of the first to receive future issues, click here to subscribe.