Translucent layering is my favorite technique to create depth, add harmony & change the mood of my paintings. In the following blog post, I describe 2 types of translucent layering techniques & how to apply them.
What is translucent layering?
Translucent layers are semi-transparent paint layers that allow some of the color underneath to show through. 2 types of translucent layering techniques are glazes & washes. Glazes are made using a medium & washes are made using water.
Glazes & Washes add depth to your painting by creating layers that look like they are closer/farther away from you. They also make subtle changes to the colors underneath.
Does your painting ever get to the point where different areas of your painting don't seem to be "talking to one another" and look seemingly disconnected? My favorite way to brings things together, and create a feeling of harmony is to add a glaze or wash to it.
The quickest way to change the mood of your painting is to play around with the temperature. Colors are said to be “cool” when they range from blue to green. Alternatively, colors are said to be “warm” when they range from red to yellow. My personal favorite is Payne’s Grey when I want to add a cool layer, and Parchment (a combination of Yellow Ochre, Titanium White & Payne’s Grey) when I want to add a warm layer.
How to Make a Glaze:
Acrylic Paint + Gel Medium = Glaze
How To Make a Wash:
Acrylic Paint + Water = Wash
Translucent Layering Tips:
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