Thursday, December 11, 2008

Technique Thursday Coloring Images

Technique Thursday

Coloring Images



Arlene Mobley

There are many ways that you can color images to use in your art work. This technique is one of my favorites and you probably have every one of the supplies on hand except for maybe the glazing medium.


Large PID Image

Acrylic Paint

Acrylic Glazing Medium

Paint Brushes

Small Plastic Paint Palette

Ziploc Bag

Scrap Paper

Water Bowl




If this is your first attempt coloring an image I am going to suggest that you use a large image. The image I am working with measures 3 x 4 ½ . You may want to use an image larger then this. Once you start applying the glaze to the image you will understand why. Small tight areas are hard to work on until you get the feel for the process.

FYI: Cheap acrylic paints will give you a more translucent glaze. The more expensive paints have more pigment therefore you will need to use less paint and more glaze.

Step 1: Place a small amount of acrylic paint on your palette. Next to the paint place twice the amount of acrylic glazing medium.




Step 2: Begin dragging some of the paint into the glaze. Start with a small amount. Slowly adding paint to build up the color.




As you add the paint to the glaze; brush a few strokes onto a scrap of paper or a blank atc background.

FYI: I used a #2 Round paint brush




Tip: You can then use the atc background to make an atc or save it and keep it in a technique binder so you have an example of how your paints look when mixed with a glazing medium.

Step 3: Begin applying the glaze to your image in slow even strokes. Start along an edge and work your way into the middle of the area you are coloring. If your brush gets over loaded with glaze wipe it off on your scrap paper or atc background.

Tip: Use the correct size brush head for the area you are coloring. Use a small brush for details, a larger one for large areas.

Using a soft brush head will eliminate most brush strokes. Dipping your brush into water and wiping most of the moisture off before loading your brush with glaze will also help with the brush strokes.


Layer One




Tip: Building layers of glaze is the secret to this technique. Allowing each layer to dry completely before applying the next layer of glaze is the most important step in this process.

Set your image aside to air dry completely. If you’re impatient you can use a heat gun but it really doesn’t take long for the thin layer of glaze to dry.

FYI: I slide my palette into a Ziploc bag or cover it to keep it moist as I wait for each layer of glaze to dry.

Step 4: As you build your layers you can pull more paint into the puddle of glaze to darken it a little bit. Continue to add layers of glaze to your image until you are happy with it. This could be any where from two layers to six or more. It depends on the color of paint you are using and the look you are going for.



Layer Two




Tip: Don’t worry about how the glaze looks uneven. As you apply more layers it will even out.

I happen to like the way it looks but this may bother someone else. So if it does as you add layers start in the area where the glaze is faintest so as you build up the layers those faint areas will get more coverage.


Layer Three




Tip: If you get too much glaze on your image in one area dip your brush in some water and wipe it off on a paper towel. Then go over the area to remove the excess glaze. You may end up with a faint area so you will have to rebuild that area with glaze again.


Layer Four




You can continue to add more layers until you feel like it is finished. This looks good to me.


Here is a 4 x 4 I made with this image.



If you try this technique drop me an email with your art and I’ll post it to the blog!

Thanks for stopping by!




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3 friends said:

Mel said...

Arlene that is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!

paperqueen said...

I found my bottle of glazing medium, so I am doing the happy dance! Now I just have to find the time to do this technique, and I will!

Lori Roberts said...