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Colorantic glazes

Colorantic offers a beautiful variety of ready-to-use glazes. They can serve as stains, more or less opaque depending on the number of layers applied.

Here is the list of these shades:

Not to forget the clear glaze, Translucent Window, which is highly versatile. It serves as a satin-finish varnish (30 to 35% gloss). In addition to being used as a simple clear varnish, our clear glaze, Translucent Window, allows you to create a unique stain in the colour of your choice.

Staining with Colorantic glazes is much simpler than you think. Dare to create a stain in the colour yellow, red, pink, blue, green, and more!

Simply mix 1/4 Colorantic chalk paint of the colour of your choice with 3/4 Translucent Window clear glaze. You can create infinite stain colours.

What are glazes used for?

TO DARKEN A COLOUR: Glaze is ideal for creating shadow areas. Simply apply a thin layer of transparent glaze over a base coat of paint of the same hue but lighter. Make sure the glaze does not completely cover the base coat.

TO MIX TWO COLOURS: It is also possible to create colour blends through transparency. How does it work?

  • If the base coat is blue, apply a yellow glaze to achieve a bright green.
  • If the base coat is red, apply a thin layer of blue glaze to reveal purple.

TO ENHANCE A DECORATIVE ELEMENT: Applying a colored glaze to a decorative element highlights its contours. Try it out! Apply a black glaze to a slightly coloured decorative element. The relief marks will appear very clearly. An ideal technique to suggest the texture effects of stone or wood.

One technique involves applying two coats of tinted glaze to the wooden surface. Wipe off the excess with a clean, dry cloth. Once it’s completely dry, you can apply a layer of paint in the color of your choice and lightly sand or wipe the paint using a damp cloth. This technique will bring out the tinted glaze through the paint.

Each coloured glaze alters the color of the previously applied paint. Properly executed, this method yields stunning results! The optical mixing of colours that occurs brings rich and deep shades to your projects.

What is the difference between a wash and a glaze?

A wash can be flat or gradient, with one or more colours. A “glaze” refers to a layer of wet color applied over a dry layer. It produces dense and very distinct colours. It’s one of the most commonly used techniques in acrylic painting, as the paint dries quickly.

Here’s a tip for using glazes: It’s easy with a graining tool. Once the base layer is dry, roll out a mixture of glaze and paint, then slowly glide the graining tool without any choppy movements to bring out the wood grain. This adds richness to the furniture. Another article has already been published explaining more details about glazes; be sure to check it out after this video!

The invention of glazes

In the realm of artistic painting, a glaze is a “transparent colored composition applied over a dry layer of paint, sometimes during the drying process, to alter its color.”

Glazing is an ancient process, born from the desire to better render the transparency of fabrics or the vibration of flesh in tempera and then oil painting. Developed since antiquity, this practice is visible on the murals of Pompeii.

So don’t hesitate to experiment with Colorantic glazes; you’ll discover another fun and unique way to transform your furniture and decorative objects.


Thanks to R-Usé from Victoriaville for their collaboration in this video!

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