What is glaze?

Glaze is a semi-translucent medium that will take your painting to the next level! Use it in the recesses and crevices, on top of details, as a stain, to refinish hardware, or as a “wash” to deepen the color and add visual interest to a piece.

For ease of use, we recommend you follow these steps:

  • Paint, 2 coats. Let fully dry.
  • Apply one coat of Wise Owl Varnish if you painted with the Chalk Synthesis Paint. Skip this step with the OHE.
  • Apply Glaze. Get down into the details if that’s where you want the glaze. Before it dries, immediately wipe back glaze off the high points with a baby wipe or wherever you don’t want it, leaving it sit in the recesses and crevices. Glaze will deepen/darken as it dries. You can layer to get the desired look.
  • Apply one more coat of Wise Owl Varnish to seal and protect the glaze.


Why use glaze instead of traditional oil stains? Oil stains have very strong and toxic fumes, take 72 hours or more to fully dry before top coating, and require chemicals to clean spills and brushes. Wise Owl Glaze is water based, so it’s extremely safe without odors or chemicals, dries very quickly (topcoat with Wise Owl Varnish in 2-4 hours), and is a very easy soap and water cleanup!


Let’s Talk Colors!

Black Walnut: A brown with gray undertones that is perfect for antiquing over whites, creams, or colors like Vintage Duck Egg and Higgins Lake. Perfect for using as a stain.

Black: Classically black. Perfect in the details over any color. Great used as a stain as well!

Java: A dark brown with slight rust undertones, Java is the perfect stain replacement! It will provide a rich finish to any piece.

Whitewash: Perfect for using in the details over black or dark colors. Will give a farmhouse or beachy affect. Wonderful also used as a stain, la

Opalescent Pearl: A super popular color that can be used just on details, or fully over any paint color to give it a classic opalescent finish!


Driftwood: The perfect medium gray. Amazing as a stain or over details to create a modern farmhouse or beachy finish


 ***Don’t be alarmed when you open your glaze. Glaze colors have a white medium in them that dries clear; glaze will change as they dry to be the true color. So Black Glaze may appear gray in the jar, but once you apply it and it dries, it will get darker and become a dark black