About Glazing: Glaze refers to a substance that is thinned to create a transparent or translucent film of color. Diluting any paint substance, tinted varnish or tinted water essentially can produce a glaze. Oil-based glazes use mineral spirits as a solvent to dilute the tinted glaze medium to the proper consistency. Oil-based glazes should be applied over an oil-based undercoat of the color of your choice. Eggshell sheen is preferable, but never use a flat (matte) finish.
What is 'Glaze Coat' or 'Glazing Liquid'? - For decorative finishes and faux finishes, glazes are typically created using color suspended in a medium known as glaze coat or glazing liquid (not to be confused with ‘glazing’, a putty used for securing glass in window frames). Glaze coat can be found in both alkyd (oil-based) form and acrylic latex (water-based) form. Glaze coat is best tinted with universal tinters (also known as universal colorant) to maintain clarity of color, but can also be tinted using artists paint in tubes, either artists oil paint for alkyd glaze coat or Artist’s acrylic for latex glaze coat. Japan Pigment also makes an excellent tinter for use with alkyd glaze coat.
Why use a glaze? - Glazes are transparent or semi-transparent washes of color that are applied over a base surface to create a feeling of depth, age, fluidity and much more. Most surfaces start with an established base color, then the transparent color glaze is applied to enhance and create a sense of depth to the original base color, and hence the entire glazed surface. Glazing can be done on objects, furniture, frames, gilt surfaces, walls, ceilings, plaster and stucco, to name a few. Just about anything in the interior or exterior architectural world can be glazed.
Choosing the base color
Determine the overall color you want. Select an appropriate base color. Color suggestions are available at the artSparx color palette.
Quick Dry oil size gilding. This detailed demonstration shows you how to apply genuine gold, Silver, imitation gold, aluminum and copper leaf to objects and furniture using the classic 3 hour oil size method. Brought to you by the folks at gildedplanet.com, you'll learn about types of adhesive, testing for 'tack' and drying rates, easy leaf application tips and cleaning and burnishing the leaf.
Getting going with these premixed glazes. Select one of our pre-mixed glaze colors or create your own. We custom mix any color from all major paint manufacturers. Just pick your own color from any swatch book and let us know the paint name and number and we'll send you the right glaze - interior or exterior - custom matched to your liking.
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Professional Gilding Kit - 23kt Gold Leaf. Each kit contains: Basic step-by-step instructions, one book 23kt Gold Leaf book (Patent leaf) one 4 oz. bottle of yellow/ochre oil based Gilding Primer, natural hair brush, one 4 oz jar of oil based gilding size, one 4 oz Acrylic Top Coat Sealer, cotton and mixing sticks, wet/dry paper and book of leaf. Solvent-based. Each Gold leaf book contains 25 leaves. Each leaf is 3 3/8" x 3 3/8" square. Approx coverage is 1.7 sqft.
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Adam style is named for Robert Adam, the most famous architect of the British eighteenth century, who revolutionized Neoclassical design and created a style remarkable for its freshness, fluidity, and grace.
Adam, born in 1728, traveled Europe as a young man, studying the architecture of Roman antiquity. When he returned to England, ready to reinterpret classical principles for a modern audience, he set up an architecture firm with his brother James.
The Adams’ work became enormously influential in England and America, where it was known as Federal style and remained the dominant mode in domestic architecture from the 1790s to the 1830s.