Art Glossary: Glaze


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.


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