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Glazing and Scumbling


What is Glazing in painting?

What is Scumbling in painting?

When do artists use glazing to intensify the oil painting process? When is it appropriate to use the process of scumbling? Enhancing an oil painting with the use of glazing is a useful tool. Understanding the process of scumbing can also be a useful process to oil painters. Because both of these techniques have long been misunderstood, you’ll learn how to glaze and scumble in this blog.


 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. 



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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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