A glaze is a thin transparent or semi-transparent layer on a painting. Silks Acrylic Glaze modifies the appearance of the underlying paint layer or color of your surface building depth in your artwork. Think of it as layering transparent iridescent “stained glass” over each other.
Many old masters used a glazing technique in oil paintings building layers of transparent colors to achieve the amazing light in their art. Soon after the water-based acrylic binders were introduced, “glazing” was incorporated in the process to layering color and light.
Silks Acrylic Glaze
Silks are a semi translucent mix of brilliant color, mica and other proprietary mineral particles that refract light. Clean up is easy as they are water soluble and non-toxic. Safe for ages 6 and older
Silks Acrylic Glaze 30 ml jars
Paper, canvas, wood, gourds, silk, terracotta paper clay, air-dry clay, air-dry polymer clay, leather, walls etc.
For a very translucent look apply layers (dry in between) image on white surface. OR try the “Giselle technique” paint your image black and white acrylic (grayscale) or hand stamp an image with suggested shadows-then layer silks over to create high and low lights. Or layer colors directly over matte acrylic colors-your painting will look like it is glowing!
Antique-Blackened-Shade Colors: A Shade is simply any color with black added. We have carefully antiqued colors for you. To deepen add a “drop” more black. Careful not to use too much and block out color and light.
Semi Opaque-Whitened-Tint Colors: A Tint is sometimes called a Pastel. Basically it’s simply color with white added, which will cause a semi-opaque effect as mica light refraction is slightly diffused.
Create translucent skin tones ranging from deep caramel to pale porcelain by mixing washes with water
To lighten skin tones shade: mix with color “oyster” available in interference iridescent- neutral group.
Frost Colors: Delicate color mixed in sparkling white mica. White mica sits on surface like a mirror reflecting light. Colors are diffused due to impeded light refraction, very useful for focusing light to one area, great for sparkly baby announcements etc. Frosts are not recommended for lightening other non-frosted colors. IT is recommended to use iridescent neutrals to mix custom shades.
Interference-Iridescent Neutrals: Transparent-translucent colors recommended for mixing lighter shade of other colors, Example Rich cobalt dark blue mixed with iridescent blue=light shade of same blue. Definition of Interference: Interferes with light casting a color accent to your color mix.
Metals-Metallic Colors: Metallic Mica or Ground metal-when specified. Colors are perfect for accents. Mix small amounts in regular color to enhance or create new colors.
Yellow Color Family: Yellow is dominant color in ranging from “warm” Yellow-Orange thru “cool” Yellow-Green
Red Color Family Red: is dominant color ranging from “warm” Red-Yellow thru “cool” Red-Blue
Blue Color Family: Blue is dominant color ranging from “warm” Blue-Green thru “cool” Blue Violet
Orange Color Family: Orange dominant color ranging from “warm” Orange-Yellow thru “cool” Orange-Red
Green Color Family: Green dominant color ranging from “warm” Green-Yellow thru “cool” Green-Blu
Violet Color Family: Violet is dominant color ranging from “warm” Violet-Red thru “cool” Violet-Blue
Teal Color Family: Teal AKA Turquoise ranging from “warm” Blue Green thru “cool” Green Blue
Pink Color Family: Pink shades ranging front Hot Rhodamine Violet-Pink-thru warmer Yellow-Pinks
Peach Color Family: Peach AKA Coral ranging from “warm” more orange peach thru “cool” Pink Peach
Browns-Grays Color Family: Warm browns-Golden Oak colors, Cool-brown- Taupe, Reddish brown-cedar wood, Beige-browns with iridescent red or green pearl. Cool and warm grays
Begin: Pour product out onto pallet or mixing surface and close jar when not in use
Glazing: Build depth and color by painting multiple layers of silks over your surface
Stencil to create to add beautiful texture to your work
Gel Press: Layer on Gel Press for printmaking or create paint skins
Resist: Apply Silks through stencil, once dry apply wash of Twinkling H20’s watercolors.
Silks have an extended open time, dry faster on non-porous surfaces and slower on porous surfaces.Drying time may also vary based on climate conditions, full curing is in 72 hours.
Before applying varnish/sealant:
Silks acrylic glaze need to be completely dry before applying sealer. Check by laying the back of your hand on the surface if it is still cool- it is not totally dry
A little history of Glazing:
A glaze is a thin transparent or semi-transparent layer on a painting which modifies the appearance of the underlying paint layer. Glazes can change the lightness or depth of color and texture of a surface. Glazes consist of a great amount of binding medium in relation to a very small amount of color
Drying time will depend on the amount and type of paint medium used in the glaze. The medium, base, or vehicle is the mixture to which the dry pigment is added. Different media can increase or decrease the rate at which the paints dry.
Often, because a paint is too opaque, painters will add special media or a lot of medium to the paint to make them more transparent for the purposes of glazing.
In oil painting
The simplest form of a glaze is a thin, oily, transparent layer of paint spread over the top of an opaque passage that has been given some time to dry. Light travels through the glaze and is reflected back off of the opaque layer below. Many classical oil painters have also been known to use ground glass and semi-solid resins or gold pounded so thin light can transmit through and increase the translucency of their paint
Delicate color mixed in sparkling white mica. White mica sits on surface like a mirror reflecting light. Colors are diffused due to impeded light refraction, very useful for focusing light to one area, great for sparkly baby announcements etc. Frosts are not recommended for lightening other non-frosted colors. IT is recommended to use iridescent neutrals to mix custom shades.