After a short hiatus, I’m back with a basic technique tutorial in watercolor that I’m certain you’ll love. I hope this simple watercolor glazing technique will help you further improve your skill. 

Watercolor glazing technique - Inkstruck Studio

Glazing is the super technical fancy word for layering in watercolors. The basic principle is that you allow a layer to dry before adding another one on top. Essentially, you’re creating a series of translucent images that overlap each other. And as opposed to blending, you have a lot more control over your painting. Also, it can be perfect for creating realistic scenes. An example is a window behind a sheer curtain.

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Materials used:-

I’ll be using simple leaves to explain watercolor glazing here. Other examples you could try are circles, abstract shapes or even florals. Paint random leaf clusters throughout the paper. I’ve kept the tones translucent here. You can layer with super opaque tones as well. It’s all how the entire composition calls for.

Watercolor glazing technique - Inkstruck Studio

Once the base layer is completely dry, add more leaves on top. I’ve kept a few of these leaves translucent as well. As a result, you’ll notice that the base layer shows through. Continue adding leaves until you’re happy with the pattern.

Watercolor glazing technique - Inkstruck Studio

And that’s it. You can stop at this point and continue adding a few more layers until you think it’s done. Like I always say, there are no fixed rules in watercolor. Trust your instinct and do your thing! It’s crazy when you do that, magical things can happen.

What do you think?

Love watercolor glazing? Show me what you’ve got. Tag me with #makeinkstruck on Instagram so that I can take a peek and for a chance for my readers to see! Also, what other tutorials would you like to see? Let me know in the coments below. As always thanks for sticking around. x


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About zakkiya hamza @ inkstruck

Zakkiya is the creative blogger and founder of Inkstruck Studio. She’s a self taught artist who let go of her architecture profession to pursue her passion in art. Zakkiya likes to write detailed tutorials in watercolor, calligraphy, and hand lettering. She also teaches watercolor workshops occasionally in Doha where she’s based currently. Other passions include traveling, photography, and basketball.When she’s not working, you can find her cuddling and running around with her toddler boy.


  1. As always, your tutorial is inspiring and so easy to follow. Your encouraging words help build confidence. Thank you for being so generous in sharing your gifts with others!

  2. Thanks for this — seeing your tutorials has convinced me that one day I WILL be brave enough to try watercolors! I’ve also been admiring a technique that involves drawing designs on cloth with a sharpie marker, then spraying with alcohol for a watercolor effect. Your tutorial has me wondering about blending your glazing technique with the sharpie/alcohol process… Much to explore!

    1. Hi Suzanne. Thank you so much for the lovely and kind words. I’m convinced that you’ll work wonders with watercolor. Just begin and I’m telling you, you’ll not stop. That technique you mentioned sounds really interesting! I should give it a go soon. Thanks so much 🙂

    1. Hi Walker. Thanks so much for the kind words. You mean sort of abstract, geometric shapes like a pattern or do you mean using the shapes of brushes for mark making? I’ll definitely have a look at what I can create. Thanks for the suggestion!

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