Glazing and Scumbling with Oil Paint

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Create luminosity, depth, and surface variation in your paintings. Learn Sadie’s advanced painting techniques for building up thick impastos of paint with lush textural marks, and creating even more texture by applying a glaze over a dry scumble. Sadie also discusses the properties of lead white that give it a wider range of effects than other white pigments.

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Glazing and Scumbling: Drawing, Transfer and Under Painting

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Glazing and Underpainting: White Scumble Grisaille Layer

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Glazing and Underpainting: Color Glaze Layer One

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Glazing and Scumbling: Glaze Color Layer Two

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Glazing and Scumbling: Color Chart

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NEW PREVIEW: Nov 19th, 2021

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Technically, glazing is merely applying dark paint over a light layer, and scumbling is applying light paint over a dark layer.

In more common usage, glazing means to tint a large area with darker transparent paint, and scumbling means to gently drag opaque light paint over a darker underpainting to create textured impastos.

This is a very efficient way to paint because textured and smooth surface variations can be used to create the illusion of three dimensional form and space.

Oil paints have a huge range of properties we don’t usually reach when we only focus on color and value. Learn how to amplify the transparent and opaque qualities of paint pigment to bring new dimension and interest to your paint surface.

Video Content Running Time: 3 hours

Hi-res images of Sadie’s seashell final painting and the source photo of the setup are both included with the course

Glazing and Scumbling is the first course we offer with Closed Captions! We are thrilled to be able to make Sadie’s instruction accessible in this way.

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Sadie Valeri’s Oil Painting of a Pink Conch,
oil on panel, 11 x 14 inches, 2021

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