How to make an acrylic glaze?

Glazing is an incredibly useful technique used in oil painting to build depth and modify colours. The same can be done in acrylic with the main difference being much quicker drying times. In its simplest form, a glaze is a thin, transparent layer of paint applied on canvas or paper, which allows the colour applied below to show through. So how do you do it.

Step 1

Thin your paints

Thin your paints with an acrylic medium such as Daler-Rowney Flow Enhancer. Other mediums will work just as well but the benefit of flow improver is its transparency, rather than starting white and drying clear.

Step 2

Paint your canvas

With the flow improver and your colours properly mixed, apply thin layers of paint to your canvas. The higher the proportion of flow improver to paint, the more transparent your glazes will be.

Step 3

Reapply multiple layers

Allow to dry completely and reapply as many times as desired. Multiple layers can be used to change colours as much or as little as you want, allowing for a huge amount of control without mixing lots of colours, as well as enabling smooth transitions that would otherwise be difficult in acrylic.

System3 Acrylic Mediums

Daler-Rowney System3 Acrylic Mediums will help you make the most of your paint. The versatility of acrylics and their popularity led to the introduction of acrylic mediums which are designed to enhance the benefits of acrylics and allow you to achieve special effects.


System3 Acrylic Ink

Daler-Rowney System3 Acrylic Inks are multi-surface, pigment-based opaque inks, ideal for mixed media and multi-technique applications. The System3 Acrylic Inks are water-based, water-resistant when dry and can be used inside as well as outdoor.


Graduate Acrylic Paint

Daler-Rowney Graduate Acrylic is an affordable range of water-based colours, ideal for students and amateurs looking for reliability and performance. These fast-drying, medium-body acrylic colours are smooth, easy to use, mix well together and are perfect for covering large areas or for everyday use.


Simply Acrylic Paint

Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic Paints are a perfect starting point for artists and hobbyists looking to experiment with acrylics. These soft-body water-based colours can be used straight from the tube, wet easily onto the surface, and can be thinned with water.