The Acrylic Painting Academy – Glazing Part 1

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"The Acrylic Painting Academy" is designed to provide beginner and intermediate artists with a complete learning experience on painting with acrylics through "easy to digest" modules consisting of video demonstrations and accompanying ebooks.

Description: Part one of a series on glazing, a process in which translucent applications of color are applied over a monochromatic underpainting. The background is addressed in this module.

Suggested Materials: Stretched canvas, acrylic paints (Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine, Phthalo Blue, Titanium White, Sap Green, Indian Yellow Hue), various nylon brushes, water, glazing medium.

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Next Module: Glazing Part 2


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The Acrylic Painting Academy – Glazing Part 1 — 9 Comments

    • Hi Denise,

      You can try it if you like, but you may run into unexpected results. The glazing fluid has an acrylic binder, while gouache has a gum binder. It may be better to thin the gouache with water.

  1. HI Matt,

    Can this technique be applied to Still life objects too? I had the impression that this is better for Landscape only to create the illusion of the atmosphere, but I’m not sure. Thanks.

  2. I also would like to know, I have been using the Acrylic Glazing Liquid ( Satin) Golden for direct painting (Layering and Wet-on-wet technique). Is it a good one for this technique or not? Thank you again!!! Amazing class!

    • Hi Carolina,

      Yes, all of Golden’s products are very good. If they are producing the results that you are after, then there’s no reason to change brands.

  3. I’ve been using this technique with ink for some time. Now I learn how to do it with acrylics – great! I found that with ink, one needs only black and three primaries to get any color desired. So I use only yellow, cyan, magenta, and black ink. I guess in acrylics this is also applicable.

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