AABSORBENT GROUND.- It is an absorbent material ,for example towels, rags, and sponges, they are often used to blot, clean up, apply and spread colors, etc.
ACRYLIC EMULSION.- I is a water dispersion of polymers or co-polymers of acrylic acid, methacrylic acid, or acrylonitrile. This liquid dries by evaporation of the water and film coalescence.
ACRYLIC SOLUTION.- It is a solution of acrylic resin in a volatile solvent. Paints made with this liquid binder resemble oil paints more than those made with acrylic emulsion binders.
ADDITIVE COLOR.- It is a color that results from the mixture of two or more colored lights.
ALKYD.- Synthetic resin that are used in paints and mediums. As a medium Liquin from Winsor and Newton works as a binder that encapsulates the pigment and speeds the drying time.
ALLA PRIMA.- It is a technique in which the final surface of the painting is completed in one sitting, without under painting.
ANHYDROUS.- Without water.
ARCHIVAL.- Those are the materials that meet certain criteria for permanence, for example lignin-free, pH neutral, alkaline-buffered, stable in light, etc.
ASTM.- The American Society for Testing and Materials. An independent standard for paint qualities, it is adopted by most manufacturers.
BBINDER.- The ingredient in the vehicle of a paint which adheres the pigment particles to one another and to the ground.
BISTRE.- A brown and transparent pigment.
BLEEDING.- In artwork, it is the effect of a dark color seeping through a lighter color to the surface.
BLENDING.- Smoothing the edges of two colors together so that they have a smooth gradation where they meet.
BLOOM.- It is a fine cloudy discoloration which forms, on the surface of varnish, or on melted wax or concrete cast in a plaster mold.
BODY COLOR.- An opaque paint, which has the covering power to obliterate underlying color.
BRUSHWORK.- The particular manner in which an artist applies paint with a brush.
CCANVAS.- Closely woven cloth used as a support for paintings.
CARTOON.- It is a planning device in mural painting, often a full-scale line drawing of the design, without color and tone.
CASEIN.- A natural protein made of cow's milk. Produces a flat, water-resistant film.
CHIAROSCURO.- A word used to describe the effect of light and shade in a painting or drawing.
CROSSHATCHING.- More than one set of close parallel lines that crisscross each other at angles, to model and indicate tone.
CHROMA.- The relative intensity or purity of a hue when compared to grayness or lack of hue.
COCKLING.- Wrinkling in paper supports, caused by applying washes onto a flimsy or improperly stretched surface.
COLLAGE.- A technique of picture making in which are used materials other than the traditional paint, such as cut paper, wood, sand, and so on.
COMPOSITION.- It is the arrangement of all the elements by an artist in a painting or drawing.
CO-POLYMERS.- A polymer in which the molecule is of more than one type of structural unit.
COPAL.- A hard resin that is used in making varnishes and painting mediums.
DDAMAR.- A resin from conifer trees, used to make oil mediums and varnishes.
DEAD COLOR.- A word used to name colors used in underpainting.
DECKLE EDGE.- The ragged edge found on handmade papers.
DECOUPAGE.- Cut out paper designs and apply them to a surface to make an all over collage.
DESIGNER COLORS.- Best quality Gouache paints, commonly used in commercial art.
DILUENTS.- Liquids, such as turpentine, used to dilute oil paint, the diluent for waterbased media is water.
DISPERSION.- Applied to paint, a smooth, homogeneous mixture of ingredients; the process of dispersal, in which pigment particles are evenly distributed throughout the vehicle.
DISTEMPER.- A blend of glue, a paint made of chalk and water, commonly used for murals and posters.
DRIER.- It is a material used to accelerate or initiate the drying of an oil paint or oil by promoting oxidation.
DRYING OIL.- An oil that, when spread into a thin layer and exposed to air, absorbs oxygen and converts into a tough film.
EEMULSION.- A suspension of small globules of one liquid in a second liquid with which the first will not mix.
ENCAUSTIC.- It is a painting technique in which the binder is melted wax.
FFAT.- That is a word used to describe paints that have a high oil content.
FILLER.- Inert pigment that is added to paint in order to increase its bulk, it is also called extender.
FILM.- A thin coating or layer of paint, ink or other similar material.
FIXATIVE.- It is a solution sprayed onto drawings, to prevent their smudging or crumbling off the support.
FRESCO.- A painting technique in which the pigments are dispersed in plain water and applied to a damp plaster wall.
FUGITIVE COLORS.- Pigment or dye colors that fade when exposed to light.
GGESSO.- A white ground material used to prepare rigid supports for painting. It is made of a mixture of chalk, white pigment, and glue.
GLAZE.- A thin, transparent colored paint applied over a previously painted surface used to alter the appearance and color of the surface.
GOUACHE.- Opaque watercolors that are used for illustrations.
GRISSAILLE.- A monochromatic painting, often gray, which can be used under colored glazes.
GROUND.- coating material applied to a support to make it ready for painting.
GUM.- A substance based of plants that is soluble in water.
GUM ARABIC.- A gum, extracted from Acacia trees, used in solution as a medium for watercolor paints.
HHATCHING.- A technique of modeling, indicating tone and suggesting light and shade in drawing or tempera panting, using closely set parallel line.
HUE.- The perceived color of an object that is identified by a common name such as blue, red, orange.
HYGROSCOPIC.- Absorbing or attracting moisture from the air.
IIMPASTO.- A style of painting that is characterized by thick, juicy color application.
IMPRIMATURA.- A thin, veil of paint applied to a ground to lessen the ground's absorbency or to tint the ground to a middle value.
INTENSITY.- The purity and brightness of a color. It is also called saturation.
JJAGGIES.- In digital imaging, picture elements that are so large that the viewer becomes aware of them as small squares.
JOINNT.- A connection between two pieces of material.
KKAKEMONO.- In the Japanese art tradition is a painting mounted for hanging vertically.
KARAT.- A unit of weight for gemstone, it is equal to one fifth of a gram (200 milligrams).
KEY.- It is used to describe the prevailing tone of a painting. In contemporary mural painting, the key is the result of scratching a walls surface to prepare for final layer of plaster.
LLAKE.- A dye chemically or electrically attached to a particle, it does not bleed or migrate.
LATEX.- A dispersion in water of a solid polymeric material.
LEACHING.- It is the process of drawing out excess liquid through a porous substance.
LEAN.- Used as an adjective to describe paint thinned with a spirit, therefore, it has a low oil content.
LEVIGATING.- It is a method of water-washing pulverized pigments that is used to clear the particles of dissolved salts or organic matter.
LIGHTFAST.- Resistant to fading or other changes due to light.
LOCAL COLOR.- The color of an object or a surface, unaffected by shadow coloring, light quality or other factors.
LOOM STATE.- Canvas that has not been primed, sized or prepared beforehand for painting.
LATEX.- A dispersion in water of a solid polymeric material.
MAROUFLAGE.- A technique for attaching mural size painting on paper or fabric to a wall.
MASSTONE.- The top tone or body color of a paint seen only by reflected light.
MAT.- A stiff cardboard that has a window cut out of the center, attached to a backboard.
MATTE.- Flat, nonglossy; having a dull surface appearance.
MEDIUM.- It is the liquid in which pigments are suspended. Also a material chosen by the artist for working.
MIGRATION.- The action of a pigment or dye moving through a dried film above or below it.
MIXED MEDIA.- It is the use of different media in the same picture.
MONOMER.- A material with low molecular weight that can react with similar or dissimilar materials to form a polymer.
MOSAIC.- Picture making technique that uses small units of variously colored materials such as glass, tile, stone.
MURAL.- This term describes any painting made directly on the wall.
MUSEUM BOARD.- Multi ply board made of cotton rags or buffered cellulose to ensure chemical stability and neutrality.
NNAMBAN.- In Japanese art, a picture of foreigners.
NAPHTHALENE.- A toxic and crystalline material used as a fumigant.
NAPLES YELLOW.- Particular yellow pigment.
OOBLONG.- A shape stretched out from a circle or square shape so that it is longer than it is wide.
OBVERSE.- The principal side of any object, especially any two-sided object, such as a coin or a panel which has a painting on each side.
OPAQUE.- Something that cannot be seen through; the opposite of transparent.
PPALETTE.- The surface used to mix his colors, it is also the range of colors used by an artist.
PATINA.- Originally the green brown encrustation on bronze, now includes natural effects of age or exposure on a surface.
PENTIMENTO.- It's the condition of old paintings the where lead-containing pigments have become more transparent over the pass of time, revealing earlier layers.
PIGMENTS.- They are the particles with inherent color that can be mixed with adhesive binders to form paint.
PLASTICIZER.- Ingredients that are added to paints, in order make it flow or to redissolve them faster.
PLEIN AIR.- French for "open air". This term is used to describe paintings that are made outside, directly from the subject.
POLYMER.- A series of monomers strung together in a repeating chainlike form.
PRECIPITATE.- An inert particle to which dyes can be laked.
PRESERVATIVE.- A material used to prevent or inhibit the growth of microorganisms in organic mixtures.
PRIMER.- A coating material, usually white, which is applied to a support to prepare it for painting.
PVA.- Polyvinyl acetate, a manmade resin that is used as a paint medium and in varnish.
QQUICKLIME.- Lime, burnt lime, caustic lime, made by burning calcium carbonate.
QUILL.- In drawing and calligraphy, a pen made from a goose's feather.
RREFRACTION.- The bending of light from one course in one medium to a different course through another another medium of different refractive index.
REFRACTIVE INDEX.- The numerical ratio of the speed of light in a vacuum to its speed in a substance.
RESINS.- A term used for a wide variety of more or less transparent, fusible materials, it is used to designate any polymer that is a basic material for paints and plastics.
SSANQUINE.- A red-brown chalk.
SAPONIFICATION.- It is the process by which a paint binder, under moist and alkaline conditions, becomes transparent or discolored.
SCUMBLING.- A technique that consists on applying a thin, semi-opaque or translucent coating of paint over a previously painted surface in order to alter the color or appearance of the surface without totally obscuring it.
SECCO.- It is a technique of wall-painting onto dry plaster, or lime plaster that is dampened shortly before paint is applied.
SFUMATO.- Gradual, almost imperceptible transitions of color from light to dark.
SGRAFFITO.- A technique in which the surface layer is incised or cut away to reveal a contrasting color.
SHADE.- A term for a color darkened with black.
SHELLAC.- A yellow resin made of secretions of the LAC insect, it is used in making varnish.
SILICATE.- A material, sand for example, that is composed of a metal, oxygen, and silicon.
SILVERPOINT.- A drawing method using a piece of metal, drawn on a ground prepared with Chinese white, sometimes with pigment added.
SINOPIA.- A red-brown chalk that is used for marking-out frescoes; also the preliminary drawing itself.
SIZE.- A material which is applied to a surface as a penetrating sealer, to alter or lessen its absorbency and isolate it from subsequent coatings.
SKETCH.- A preliminary drawing of a composition.
SQUARING UP.- A method used to transfer an image to a larger or smaller format.
STRAINER.- A wooden chassis for textile supports that has rigid, immovable corners.
STRETCHER.- A wooden chassis for textile supports that has expandable corners.
SUBTRACTIVE COLOR.- Color that results from the absorption of light.
STUDY.- A drawing or painting made of one or more parts of a final composition, but not the whole work.
SUPPORT.- The basic substrata of the painting; paper, cotton, linen, wall, etc.
TTEMPERA.- A technique of painting in which water and egg yolk or whole egg and oil mixture form the binder for the paint. Cheap opaque paints used in schools.
THIXOTROPIC.- Materials that are thick and viscous while at rest but will flow if brushed, stirred, or shaken.
TINT.- Term used for a color lightened with white.
TONER.- An unlaked dye that can bleed or migrate through dried paint films.
TOOTH.- Small grained but even texture. Tooth provides for the attachment of succeeding layers of paint.
TRACTION.- In oils, the movement of one paint layer over another.
TRAGACANTH.- A gum that is extracted from certain Astragalus plants and which is used as a binding agent in watercolor paints and pastels.
TROMPE L'OEIL.- A painting realistic and naturalistic details, aiming to persuade the viewer that they are looking at an actual object, not a representation.
UUNDERPAINTING.- The traditional stage in oil painting of using a monochrome or dead color as a base for composition.
UKI-E.- Perspective picture in Japanese art.
ULTRAMARINE.- Blue pigment originally made from ground lapis lazuli.
VVALUE.- The relative lightness or darkness of a hue. Black is low value and white is a high value.
VARNISH.- A more or less transparent film-forming liquid that dries into a solid film.
VEDUTA.- An accurate representation of an urban landscape.
VEHICLE.- The entire liquid contents of a paint.
VENICE TURPENTINE.- An oleo resin derived from the larch and used primarily in making mediums and diluents for oil painting.
VERDACCIO.- Old term for green underpainting.
VOLATILE.- Evaporating easily or rapidly.
VOLUME.- The space that a object or figure fills in a drawing or painting.
WWASH.- A thin layer of transparent or heavily diluted paint or ink.
WATERCOLOR.- A technique of painting that uses a binder made from a water-soluble gum. Watercolors can be transparent or opaque.
WATER TENSION BREAKER.- Substance added to water or to water-based paints in order to reduce surface tension.
WAX RESIST.- The use of a waxy medium in order to make a design over which a colored wash is spread.
WET ON WET.- The application of fresh paint over an area on which the paint is still wet.
WHITE SPIRITS.- A thinner that is used with oil paints replacing Turpentine.
WHITING.- Chalk which is purified, ground with water and dried to form an inert pigment.
XXYLOGRAPHY.- Rarely used term for woodblock printing.
XEROGRAPHY.- A photocopying process in which a negative image formed by a resinous powder on an electrically charged plate is electrically transferred to and thermally fixed as positive on a paper or other copying surface.
YYARD.- A unit of distance measurement equal to three feet, or equal to 36 inches.
YELLOWING.- This effect on oil paintings is caused by one of these reasons: excessive use of linseed oil medium; applying any of the varnishes that are prone to yellow with age; or an accumulation of dirt embedded into the varnish.
ZZINCOGRAPHY.- A lithographic process that uses zinc plates instead of stone ones.
ZONE SYSTEM.- A photographic technique for producing photos with an optimum range of value.
ZOOMORPHIC.- Describes the forms of works of art and ornaments based on animal shapes.