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Glazing tech AGL/HB

Applications & Techniques:
Glazing Techniques: Acrylic Glazing Liquid and Heavy Body Paint
with Patti Brady, Director Working Artists Program

The sample painting below is a great way to understand the ways GOLDEN Acrylic Glazing Liquid (AGL) can be used. Each step is designed to use the AGL in three separate techniques: to smooth the application of paint, to blend the paint and to create a glaze

Step One
The first step is to paint the base colors. Use Cobalt Titanate Green and Cobalt Turquoise for the background. Use a very small amount of the AGL with these colors allowing the paint to flow with ease. Notice a difference in how the paint glides or flows with ease and how AGL reduces brush stroke retention.

Caution: Too much Acrylic Glazing Liquid will create a transparent glaze color.

Next, paint the foreground with predominately Cadmium Red Light blended with a bit of Hansa Yellow Opaque. Use Titanium White to highlight the edge of the table in the foreground. The base coat for the pear is Hansa Yellow Opaque. Colors used for the base coat are opaque. A thick base coat is desired to reduce the absorbency of the substrate, resulting in a longer working time.

Step One

Step Two
In step two, AGL will be used for blending. Squeeze a small pool of AGL onto the palette, a dollop of Cobalt Titanate Green, Cobalt Turquoise and Titanium White. Next to each of the separate colors squeeze out a small amount of AGL. Apply a thin layer of AGL over the entire background. Begin to apply Heavy Body paint over the wet layer of AGL. Use small amounts of AGL with each Heavy Body color; again do not create a glaze by adding too much AGL. Use AGL to enhance the flow and slow down drying so we can spend time blending the colors together.

After you have applied the paint over the entire surface of the background, quickly begin the blending process with a soft brush. At first move the brush around rapidly over various portions of the entire surface, blending color. To refine the blending wipe paint from the brush after one or two strokes. Do not add water at any time! If the paint feels tacky use more AGL. If the brush begins to dry, wash it in water immediately, and dry the brush before beginning to paint.

The foreground is a quick and simple blend of Quinacridone Burnt Orange (a transparent pigment), and a bit of Cadmium Yellow. Blend this in the same way. Blend a small amount of Cobalt Turquois into the shadow areas of the pear. The body of the pear is a mixture of Hansa Yellow Opaque, Titanium White and Quinacridone Burnt Orange.

Step Two

Step Three
The third step uses AGL to make a thin transparent glaze. Mix about 1 part Hansa Yellow Opaque : 4 parts AGL on your palette. Apply the glaze over the surface of the background. The foreground glaze is made from Turquois (Phthalo) and AGL. The final pear glaze is Quinacridone/Nickel Azo Gold.

Use a very soft hairbrush. Natural hairbrushes may be used if they are conditioned with hair conditioner. Rub a small amount of the hair conditioner into the bristles, and rub off with a clean rag. Always keep the brush damp when using it. When it feels dry, dip into water and move around to remove paint. The brush should be conditioned when you have completed painting.

Step Three