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So I've done a search of the forums, but found no links/articles/threads directly addressing the concept of glazing, and I'd like to learn more. All I know for sure is one technique of mixing Vallejo glazing medium 50/50 with paint (I think).
What exactly is glazing? What effect does it produce? Is it used with standard paints, inks, metallics? Is the above the only way, or can it be done with other companies' (GW, Reaper, Tamiya) products, or is there a good "homebrew" version?
Just wondering, and based on the responses, maybe a mod could put this in the links on the forum for other newbies like me to find?
Not everyone means the same thing when they say "glazing". Usually they mean doing a very very very dilute wash over an area to diminish color contrast. For example, if you have an armor plate painted SM blue and the edges are highlighted a bright ice blue, you may want to mute the extreme contrast by washing a very dilute SM blue over the whole plate. This is my understanding of the term and how I use it- others may disagree.
I think this will enlighten you:
BrushThralls.com - Glaze Medium
it's the brushthralls explanation of what glazing is, how to use Vallejo glaze medium etc.
the first couple of lines of the article should give you a general idea, but i STRONGLY recommend you go through this (and a lot of their other articles while you are at it) and just read them all. Their recommendations are excellent, and many of their mixes for washes (including using glazing medium sometimes, and future floor wax others) has made my painting much better.
here's the start of the article.'ll start by defining what a glaze is in painting terms. Simply put, a glaze is a thin (mostly) transparent layer of paint. I have it defined in our Glossary as: A transparent coating applied over a painted surface to modify the color tones underneath. That sounds a bit more complicated than it really is. When a transparent color is applied over another, the top color alters the first. This is because light rays mix, creating a visual color mixture. You can achieve greater depth in your painting by using several layers of transparent color. In glaze paint layers, light rays penetrate the layers, strike the opaque model surface and reflect back to the eye creating various visual color mixes. The more layers of pigment that the light travels through, the greater the "depth" of color the eye perceives. Confused yet?
That link is a good one. I have nothing more to add really.
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