What is Glazing in painting?
What is Scumbling in painting?
David A Leffel will share the historical distinction between glazing and scumbling. Because most artists confuse the two oil painting techniques, their art education is incomplete and missing two important tools to improving. Once you understand that glazing and scumbling are completely opposite oil painting techniques, you will improve problem solving in your work and gain greater control of oil paint than ever before. These oil painting techniques are integral to the philosophy of Abstract Realism, a movement championed by David A Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and Jacqueline Kamin.
Glazing is putting a dark, pure color over a lighter area to make the color more intense. To make a glaze, mix a thin wash of color using a lot of medium to achieve the consistency of watercolor. Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, or Indian Yellow make really nice glazes.
Scumbling is taking a light opaque color–such as white, yellow ochre or naples yellow–and putting it over a darker color using a thin layer. Scumbling gives a painting an airy effect. To be considered scumbling, you do not need to dry brush, but it does need to be a thin layer of paint.
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