I would like to learn how to improve my painting of watercolor glazes. Here are three sources of information on the topic.
- Via Painting About.com, I found this post on 7 Top Tips for Painting Glazes written by Marion Boddy-Evans. One of her tips is to be extremely patient. (This is a tip I need to learn). Marion says, "If you apply a glaze onto paint that isn’t totally dry, the layers of paint will mix together, which is just what you don’t want to happen. Be patient rather than sorry...... Work on several paintings at once so you can move from one to another while you wait for a glaze to dry."
- Jim Black, host of Jim's Watercolor Gallery, offers an informative and extensive post on Working with Fresh Transparent Glazes. His suggestions on choosing paper include: "The paper surface should be cold press. A Hot Press surface does not work well with glazi techniques." Jim likes to use a "very heavy weight paper - 300lbs.C.P. Stretching becomes superfluous since the heavy weight of the paper eliminates most ripples." Check out Jim's complete article for more great watercolor tips.
- Via Watercolor Online, John R. Koser, offers these glazing tips: "Only slight changes are necessary with each glaze application, so make your changes in gradual degrees. Mix your glazing solution of water and pigment, then test the potency on a small piece of the same kind of paper you plan to work on, which he calls a trial patch. You should paint only one application or layer at a time. Allow the paint to dry completely between applications. You can judge the success of an application only when it is dry." Scroll down John's page for the Glazing information. And read his other watercolor painting tips too.