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Color Washing with Acrylics & Water

Super easy Tip Tuesday for staining wood with paint today. To glaze the painted pieces in my artwork from yesterday I used a simple color washing technique. All you need is your choice of acrylic paints and water. If you are going to be airbrushing or water coloring canvas artwork you may want to go with the actual medium base to thin acrylic paints. That option is a little more expensive so I have found for woodworking water works just fine. I don’t use any actual measurements just eyeball it but it’s right around 3 parts water to 1 part paint. If you find you have added to much water you can mix in a little more paint. When I use this technique to glaze wood I paint it on like regular stain and rub the excess off like I would if I was staining as well.

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Friday 4th of November 2016

Hey there! Can a polyurethane varnish be applied over this?

Melissa Coleman

Friday 4th of November 2016

Yes, but just be warned that polyurethane yellows so if you use a white wash or lighter color it could very well make it appear yellow. You can prevent this by using a polycrylic protective instead.