Oil Color Glazing like a 'Master' – How to glaze / Tutorial

hi guys this is Michael and they want to show you something new today so lean back make yourself comfortable and grab the pencil to make some notes once upon a time there were the old masters and oil colors could not be bought in a shop or even online can you believe there was a time before online some of them even had to make their own oil colors so if I had a quite a different approach to oil painting and this is something that you can adapt for today as well which is well some advantages and this method I want to show you in a very light light version which you can try at home and perhaps you like it so let's not do that I'm going to show you is called glazing and the good thing is that you do not have to care so much about the values when you actually grab your color oil paint and how it works you as normal decide for the topic the theme that you want to paint and you just grab your white and your black oil colors the very same method can of course also be applied for acrylic paintings I just stick to the oil painting as this is an old painting but if you go for acrylics feel free to use the Sai method it works quite similar but of course when you work in acrylics you do not use the liquid for creating a glaze in acrylics you just need to add some more water to the acrylic paint to make it thinner and more translucent if you prefer using a medium there is something like matte medium which is used for acrylics which in array create the same effect that you achieve with the liquid oil colors it just makes your pigments a bit thinner and more translucent and so this is the go-to way for the acrylics but just regular water will be fine for you as well in case you want to combine those methods you can also make the underpainting or first layer in acrylics and then glaze over with the oil color version but never ever do the oil color and the painting in place over with acrylics because you should never use any water-based colors on top of any oil-based colors having all of this in mind we now return to our painting by doing so you actually just paint the picture as you would paint it if we would do a black and white picture make sure that you have all the values correct so that your darks are as dark as you need them to be and that your highlights are as light as you need them to be you could add as much detail as you like at this point but there is no need to put every little tiny detail in it already as this might not be visible in the end anyways I have also used some liquid to thin my pains down and to make the drying time a bit shorter so it was quicker and in addition it is also easier to get the color onto the canvas a bit quicker as this is only a small study I just taped some canvas on an MDF board so I have a small mini canvas which is I think 15 by 15 centimetres s for demonstration purpose only in a very painting this let's call it under layers actually quite the same thing as you do for any other oil painting if you do this and this is the under painting which is normally done in a gray or brownish reddish tone just to make the basic sketch onto the canvas which is painted over once the under layer is dry so this in a way feels quite the same and there's a plus this under layer lays down much quicker than it would be the case if you paint with colored oil colors directly the base layer which you can see here took me in real time about 15 minutes I could have spent more time of course by this just for demonstration and it was fine if you paint something more complex like a phase or a landscape or whatever you have mind you of course will need a bit more time to complete the first layer and to have two values correct as you need them to be but still it is something really nice to dry if we have not right already once you have completed this first layer you need to let it dry completely if you do not let it dry completely and go over with the color oil colors right ahead you will get a muddy and ugly look so let it dry completely this is important as I've added eloquent to make colors it only took about a couple of hours this again depends on the place where you put your painting it was a sunny day so I put my painting in the Sun and so it write quite quickly it is no problem to put it in the Sun as its only a base layer I would not really recommend letting it dry if you have to piece completed to the end as well you should never place any artwork in direct sunlight for a longer time so once you have completed your artwork let it dry in your flat in your studio wherever you work in normal conditions so no direct sunlight unless you have a UV protected windows and it's okay but I would recommend you let it dry naturally next step and the fun part is to add the colors and as you can see on my mini palette this is just a red agreeing a yellow and an orange kind of tone as well as a brown and in case you wonder about no palette this is just a small glass frame actually which I brought on a local craft store for 1 euro 50 or so it's what was quite cheap and I really like using glass as a palette and to make it colors more visible I put a grayish paper just underneath the glass and this makes it easier to judge the colors so it even works better than having a white paper underneath so test yourself I find it quite nice and the other thing is once you are done you can just use your pallet knife and scrape the colors away even if the colors are right completely you can use the palette knife to remove any color that is on the glass and it's quite easy and simple and it works way better than any of these plastic pellets that you can get the translucent blob in the middle of my palette is the liquid if you do not know what liquid is this is a medium from Windsor in Newton which allows you to thin your paints and also it uses a drying time off your oil colors it is a bit thinner than your regular oil colors are but still helps it structure very well so it's not runny or something and you can just use it within your paints or to mix your paints to make it a bit more fluid on the canvas you can also use it to make your pains a bit more translucent so if you want to do a glaze as we do want to do here and therefore I just mix some of my oil color with the liquid to make it quite thin and put this thin coat of oil color over the already painted under painting and this in rate tends to color the higher the oil color ratio in your mix between your liquid and the oil color is the more opaque your layer will become if you take more liquid your color will be a bit thinner and more translucent so you can play a bit around until you have the correct consistency that you want to have in then you simply glaze or your painting put the colors that you want to use the places that you want to use and you don't need to worry that you have to put all the colors that you want to use at once there are different ways to approach this so if you like to use just one color at a time you can just start by using the Reds or just paint the background in the color that you want you have the background in and let it dry again if you want to go with more than one color you can just put all the colors on your canvas that you want to use as you have thinned down your pain with liquid you will not have complete coverage of course so you will still see some of the under painting through but the nice thing is at these areas where the under painting was very dark or very light you will already have the contrast by adding the color so you don't need to worry about how to get your red star guessing with them or how can you make the yellow as bright as you want to have this is automatically done by the under painting once you have two one color or all the colors that you want it to have on you canvas you need to let it dry again this again thanks to liquid does not really take that long and it also depends on how thick your going to make your layers so if you really put big blobs of paint under your painting to make it a bit more impressionistic or abstract whatever you want to achieve this of course might take longer orthology liquidus edits it will take longer as to paint itself is bigger of course I only go for very light layers as I'm impatient and don't want to rate HSN until something is dry so it took me only about a couple of hours and then put it into the Sun again just to quicken this up and actually this the process that is repeated over and over and over again until you have the color saturation that you want to achieve you can also intermix your colors directly on the canvas or on your palate whatever you prefer doing and if you feel that you need some more contrast as a certain area you can of course also mix your color on your palette that you have to correct value that you want to have so you can darken your original red paint or you can add some white to make your yellow more vibrant or whatever you think is useful for a certain area which I also did for the yellow and the highlights of the Apple for example and the more often you repeat this process actually the more realistic everything is going to look and if you create a layer that you think does not really look as you intended to because you made a strange color or it does not look correct or the shadows are a bit of whatever might have happened not worries just let it dry and go over with the next layer and fix the things that you think needs to be fixed another advantage to keep in mind give more layers you actually paint for a piece the more depth you're going to achieve this is because when the light is going through the oil paint layers for each layer that you're going to paint the lights breaks and reflects a bit differently so it is rejected to your eye in a different way then it would be if you've only one coat of oil color and as the visitor case you will achieve a higher depth in your painting after a bit more of an hour of actually real painting time I called my painting done I of course could have added more layers and did some more stuff to it added more highlights or change the values or added more details whatever can be done by this was just again for demonstration I have not tried this for a portray so far I'm quite sure I will try this I really like to look that ted and i found it also a bit easier and faster s the underpainting in black and white is naturally done a bit quicker than if we had to consider any color value change especially for skin tones and the end result had quite a nice old look i would say it looks a bit different than if i would have painted it with the colored oil colors directly I think not sure but I think but I really liked the colors that I achieved with this piece and during the painting process of this little tiny piece I thought about I should learn more about the technique by the old masters used just to know them I'm not really sure if if I want to apply them for my own artwork or studies but it is quite interesting and if they found it useful as well why not at least know something about it so this is something I will check out for myself in the future and if you find this video interesting just let me know just to see if you want to see more of this and if so I will be happy to share the complete master technique with you once I know it for myself I guess but yeah I would be happy to hear what you think about it if you of course liked it if you found it useful which I hope or if you have any questions if so just leave any comments below as well and as usual I hope you like my video give me a thumbs up if you do and subscribe to my channel if you have not yet so far and until then I wish you a great day bye bye

37 thoughts on “Oil Color Glazing like a 'Master' – How to glaze / Tutorial”

  1. Hi. Iโ€™m new to painting and really appreciate watching very helpful videos like this one. Itโ€™s certainly a technique I will try for myself. I did find parts of it slightly hard to follow due to your accent so it might be better to speak slightly slower. Just saying. I think you have some really good skills and explain the โ€œhows and whysโ€ really good. Thanks a lot!

  2. Wonderful tutorial! Iโ€™d love to learn more about this technique. Thank you so much for sharing the video.

  3. Good explanation, good speed to this video, and a fine lesson all around. Thank you! I especially enjoyed how things took on their final colours and textures during the final two minutes.

  4. THANK YOU! You are the first person that I have found that explains things in a simple and direct way. Can't wait to check out some of your other videos ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Thank you, very good teaching and making it simple for beginners! Please show a portrait with under painting and glazing

  6. I have a quick question: Are you waiting for layers to dry before you go on to the next stage of color? Thanks!


  8. Fantastic job! Iโ€™d love to see more examples. Especially portraits and landscapes. Thank you for doing this video.

  9. Love the clear accent,learned a lot,no Quack ,Quack,American accent overlaid with loud inappropriate music, Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  10. what the hell is this nonsense? It's an amateur, very low quality of painting and drawing, has no clue about painting and dares to "teach" here! Wow!…

  11. I couldnโ€™t find your other videos. I have subscribed to your channel. I do paint in layers and it is fascinating. Thanks so much for the clarification on how to do it and colors to use. I would love to see more of your work. Great job and thanks so much for all you do.

  12. Very well demonstrated and explained.
    Two things:
    I would find it helpful if I could see the original still life set-up ( or photo) that you used as a reference.
    And could you say something about the transparency or opacity of the colors used when glazing and how that effects the process?

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