The Dry Brush Glaze Technique in Oil Painting

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The dry brush glaze technique is a great way to add an interesting bit of texture to your oil painting. Learn about the dry brush glaze technique with help from a professional and experienced artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Abbeth. I'm an artist in Portland, Maine, and I'm going to show you how to use the dry brush glaze technique. For this technique you need to have some swatches of paint that are already dried, preferably in a dark color. In this case, I've used black and let me just remind you these are already dried. If they are still wet, it will mess up this technique. You also want to have a fairly soft and full brush like this one and you're going to use a lighter color, in this case I'm using white over black and as the name implies, this is going to be dry brushing which means that this paint hasn't been watered down or thinned down with any substance. It's straight out of the tube so get a little bit of paint on your brush and then somewhere else on your palette, somewhere that doesn't have any paint, you're going to wipe your brush off so that there's only a thin layer of paint on your brush. Then, you're going to go over your darker color with that lighter color and see how it makes it a little bit cloudier and you can almost see through the white to the black. I'll show you again one more time. My name is Abbeth, and I just showed you how to do the dry brush glaze technique.

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