Basic faux finishes tips by Donnalynne Lefever - How to Make and Use a Glaze
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Hi, my name is Donnalynne Lefever and I’m back to talk about now on glaze. What is it and how to mix it? So, now we’re going to start with doing some samples and getting you prepped for actually making some samples. To start with, you want to get some poster board. I have already cut mine in half. It just makes it easier and you don't need to do a huge, huge sample. But anyway, you can get it wherever you know poster board is sold. From that, what we go to is you will use some paint. We’re going to go back to using whatever—I’ve already got a mixture here. So this how I paint and what you do is you’ll take—I do for samples, I take a sponge brush and with that eggshell kind of finish paint, whatever eggshell satin, you can use pearl, semi-gloss, gloss but it's not necessary. All you need is the minimum sheen. So you just take it and you thinly apply it. The other best friend of a faux finisher is a hair dryer. So once you usually—you’re done with this, if you’re doing your samples, you hair dry it so that you can get it to a state of where you want, but you want to cover the entire board. Usually two coats and then you’re ready for doing your glaze. Now for the glaze, I’m going to do this as a real, real beginner would do it. I mix with a bunch of colors. I have colors all behind me. I have colors all over the place but the easiest way for a beginner to mix is to find a color. So, like on those color wheels, when you went and took a darker color from your lighter one, you would pull up the actual paint and you would have a glaze. Glaze can be found at a number of different art supply stores. Some paint stores carry it. I recommend water based. Water based is nontoxic. It's easier to clean up and with the regulations from Northern Virginia all the way up to Maine for the clean air act, oils are hard to get anyway for certain things. So, this is a much nicer solution to a lot of things. Glaze looks white but it's actually clear. See, it just goes completely away. So, it's nothing more than a translucent medium that helps you move the color. So, you’ll pour some of that into a mixture. So, what you basically end up wanting to do is just put a little bit of your color in. Usually, I figure it with the house paint. You want to be conservative. You probably don't want to put more than about 25% into 75% of glaze to start with to see how it's going to react because it maybe and in this case, it's really thickening up my glaze. You may have to water it down but you can see how it's moving. So, this is actually a good consistency. What I would recommend with house paint after doing that is having a little bit of water go into it, just to keep it moving so that you are not—so it's not—you need your glaze to move and not dry or suction and everything and of course, you can see how messy I am it's already flying all over the place. But once you’ve got that and you decide you like it, you can see that you can—it's manipulative. You can do whatever you want with it. So, that is how a glaze works and it works with any house paint this way. It works with any acrylics this way. As long as you are staying water to water, you are fine. You could probably put watercolor in it and be fine because this medium will then bind the watercolor into it. I tend to use acrylics or specific paints that are made straight for the glazes that I do use. You can get glazes online, that is not a problem. You can get your colors online or you can get them at the paint stores. So, I don't think you really should have a problem within doing that. So, oil tends to be messy like I said and clean up, this tends to be toxic. This is just a soap and water wash up, when you are done, you just throw it in. If you know more about color, you want to mix colors then you can go ahead and take your actual colors. So, you can see how where I will start with a color and then I will add other colors to it to get to where I really want to go. So, it's a matter of if you know it's too clean, you may need to add amber. If it's too dark, you may need to add white. But those are just tips if you already know about color you can go ahead and mix them. So, I think we are pretty much at the end of what we we’re going to do for right now on the mixing and we are ready to start to do some finishes.