Make sure that the surface of your canvas is free of lint.

  1. Measure small amounts of medium into each jar – it is easier and less expensive to add more medium to a mixture than it is to add more paint until your obtain the desired consistency
  2. Set out all of the tubes of paint that you anticipate using during the glazing process.
  3. Keep the cool colors and warm colors separate.
  4. Have a reference photo of the color scheme you are striving to achieve or, at the very least, know what you want your painting to look like at the end of glazing.
  5. Set out a variety of sizes and types of brushes, i.e., size 0, 2, 4, 8, 10, 12 flat and size 0, 2, 4, 8, 10, 12 filbert, size 0, 2, 4, 8, 10, 12 round. The size and shape of the brush is determined by the size on the canvas and the amount of detail in the painting.
  6. Start with your darkest values first, then gradually moving towards your mid-tones and lighter values.
  7. Light values often require the use of white paint. Use ONLY Zinc White for glazing.
  8. Keep the medium evenly disbursed so that you avoid “puddles” and “dry spots.”
  9. Look at your painting from all angles to make sure that you have covered each area evenly.
  10. Go slowly!!!
  11. Concentrate on the color and value changes of each shape.
  12. If a glaze begins to “lift,” stop immediately!
  13. If you glaze a shape the wrong color, it can be easily removed with a clean, soft cloth and a bit of turpentine. The under-painting will not be affected IF you have used Liquin in your under-painting.
  14. When combining transparent colors, avoid using more than three colors so that you do not create a muddy glaze.
  15. Allow each layer of glaze to dry completely before adding the next layer.
  16. You CAN paint into a glaze and it will often create an exquisite range of depth and luminosity.