Glazes bring textures to life
3D textures get much more dramatic when you add glazes
By Dan Sawatzky
Posted on Sunday, June 28th, 2020
A SignCraft reader recently asked about faux finishing, which is something we employ on almost every sign that leaves our shop—albeit not necessarily in a traditional way. Faux painting or faux finishing are terms used to describe decorative paint finishes that replicate the appearance of various materials using paint. The term comes from the French word “faux,” meaning false.
In our shop we use acrylic house paint for the most part. We apply no less than three coats of base colors first. Then the magic starts. We follow with a series of glazes to create the magic we are known for.
We create our own glazes by mixing regular acrylic paint with a clear acrylic medium in a 50/50 ratio. For our clear medium we use a non-tinted clear base of the same brand of paint. When you ask for it at the paint store you inevitably will get some questions, but persist—this is exactly what you want.
Dan Sawatzky's shop, Sawatzky's Imagination Corporation, is in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Dan shares his experience in his Sign Magic Workshops on 3-D sign making, and his Sculpting Workshop.