Thursday, June 28, 2012

How to Antique Using Glaze

I made a video for you guys yesterday, showing how I use glaze to antique things. Glaze is a really hard medium to learn to work with. It becomes hard to work with quickly, but it also dries very slow. It'll rub itself off if you start trying to go back to fix a mistake too soon.

Here are a few pointers that I noticed I do, while I was making the video:

- I first brush the glaze on in larger strokes, but I'm careful not to let any one area get too strong of an amount of glaze...notice Ill dab a few bricks, then come back in and swirl it around. You don't want your glaze to get to heavy, and it's easy for it to dry too fast and not be able to work with it.

-I use a painter's rag (these kinds don't shed, which is don't want little rag particles in your paint!) to smooth out brush strokes

-sometimes I also use a dry brush to smooth out brush strokes, if they get too strong.

-I was doing a pretty heavy glaze in this video...sometimes you can achieve a heavier look by layering on glaze, versus just using a lot at once.

Hope this is helpful! let me know if you have any questions...


  1. Thanks, Kristen!

    this is a dumb question, but what is a glaze? what can it be applied on top of?


  2. I've been lurking on your blog for a while, I am obsessed with your work! love it all!

    Great tutorial. What brand, or brands do you recommend for doing glazing? Would one be better over another for certain projects?

  3. I have been wanting to antique my kitchen cabinets, but I was thinking of using a gel stain Would you recommend glaze or stain?


  4. This is more about painting brick than glaze, but seeing that color of brick piqued my interest. After you posted about whitewashing a fireplace, I whitewashed mine. I won't know how I feel about it until I paint my walls and trim, but if I don't like it, I guess I can just paint it, right? Would I use latex and just paint it on like normal? Thanks!

  5. oooh, hope you are going to show us the full "reveal" when it's all said and done... this looks pretty cool!

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