A glaze is a single layer of paint that&#39;s thin enough to allow what&#39;s already been painted to show through it to a large extent. Glazing is the term used for painting such a layer, for the technique of painting thin layer upon thin layer. Each new glaze builds up the depth of the color, and modifies what it&#39;s being painted over. In order to be successful, a glaze must be completely and totally dry before another is painted.<p>The pigments used in our paints have different properties. Some are very transparent, while others are very opaque and hide what they&#39;re painted over, and others are semi-transparent. Glazing works best with transparent pigments. The <a href="https://www.thoughtco.com/read-a-paint-tube-label-2578764" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">paint tube label</a> may tell you what type of pigment it is, but it&#39;s simple to test for yourself.</p>There&#39;s no need to reinvent the wheel, use the experience of other artists to help you master glazing, whether you&#39;re using oils, acrylics, or watercolors.Canadian artist Gerald Dextraze believe glazing a an extremely forgiving painting technique and that it can be reduced down to two secrets.Artist Brian Rice shares the things he&#39;s learned about glazing by trial and error over several years, the secrets of his success with this painting technique.Observe how glazing is used to build up color on a leaf from an initial layer of blue into something that&#39;s red and purple.Botanical artist Katie Lee demonstrates how to build up color by glazing only with primary colors in a step-by-step demo of painting an oak leaf using watercolor.If building up colors by glazing isn&#39;t working, there are two things to check. First: are you glazing onto paint that is utterly, totally, and completely dry? The second, are your colors thin and transparent?Find out what to do if you&#39;re having trouble with edges or ridges on your glazes, or the paint doesn&#39;t seem thick enough.