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Art Glossary: Glaze

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The term used for a thin, transparent layer of paint, particularly in oil painting and acrylics. Glazes are used on top of one another to build up depth and modify colors in a painting. It must be completely dry before another is applied on top, so the colors don't physically mix.

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Also Known As: In watercolor painting, a glaze is often called a wash. A glaze done with an opaque pigment is called a velatura.

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