Wall Glazing How to Video
I made this Wall Glazing How to Video quite some time ago and totally forgot about and only after continuing my education on SEO did I find out that it’s a good idea to update old posts which is why I am here.
June 10, 2012
As I go through my earlier blog posts it really amazes me how far I have come along with my writing, some say I shouldn’t write, but hey, it’s me and that is what blogging is about right?
This video demonstrates a basic wall glazing technique from my list of faux painting ideas that I posted a few years ago. This Wall Glazing How To Video was recorded on a Jobsite so feel free to ask me any questions you may have and you can even tell me about how bad my camera work is. Because, I know it is and I’m a pretty resilient kind of guy anyway, just ask my wife she would be glad to tell ya how I don’t listen to anyone anyway…
After reading through what little information that there was on this post on wall glazing how-to video I realized how bad it needed updating because I failed to mention any details about the wall glazing technique. It’s a relatively easy technique to learn because it is not a color wash which is a technique where you are actually washing a color over 100% of the wall.
A color wash can be a difficult process if you have not done it before and if you are only using one color and working by yourself a color wash can become a nightmare very quickly if you are working on a large area. The reason being is when you are using water-based products for a color wash they can dry or “tack up” quickly and this is not a reversible medium once dry which means it is very easy for the inexperience to create what’s called “dry lines” snaking across the wall or appear as patches depending on how you did the process. I know many pros who won’t do color washes unless it’s with an oil-based medium such as artists’ colors and a mixed linseed oil glaze, and I am included in that artist’s list. Using this medium is reversible and the issues with dry lines are really no issue at all because once the glaze dries it is very easily blended once it is re-wetted with the wall glazing mixture but that’s a whole different animal and not what this wall glazing how-to video is about.
The wall glazing technique in the how-to video is what’s called “broken color” and this is a process where you create negative space within the finish and it can be done with or without the glaze. Broken color is a much easier technique to apply because you are creating negative space by leaving tiny open areas as you pass over the wall with the wall glazing.
By creating this negative space within the finish there is no issue with dry lines and in fact, you are no longer having to rush through the wall glazing technique and you can stop in the middle of the wall and continue where you left off the next day.
If you watch the how-to video closely you will see that we are actually applying the wall glazing lightly with a 3″ nylon brush. We then use a damp rag to “break up” the glaze by picking it up with the rag and placing it back on the wall thus creating negative space. We are not “washing it on” even though it appears that way. In the how-to video, we are actually patting the wall very quickly in a figure 8 motion always returning to the spot where we applied the wall glazing with the brush. The most important part of this wall glazing technique is to be sure you break up the “spot” that is created where you apply the glaze. Otherwise, the end result will have a “spotted” look.
This demo was done with
because I wanted a translucent look with one layer that resembles a color wash. There are several ways of using this wall glazing technique and one involves just using straight paint which I demonstrated at one of my seminars
Using straight paint makes the glazing process much faster which means a lot can be accomplished in a single day because there is no waiting for a glazing medium to dry. This means less time on the job and not as many trips, so I can usually complete a three-layer process in a small bath in 5 to 6 hours which means less cost to the client. I learned this technique many years ago from an instructor friend of mine Gary Lord of Prismatic Painting Studio. It does take practice to learn, but not long.