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Glossary of Art Terms
Welcome to USBlackart.Com Glossary of common Art Terms. Here we hope to give you a brief definition of various art terms which might be unfamiliar to you. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas please e-mail us.
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Wash:- used in watercolor painting, brush drawing, and occasionally in oil painting to describe a broad thin layer of diluted pigment or ink. Also refers to a drawing made in this technique. A transparent layer of diluted color that is brushed on. Return to top

Wall Art: -Art works whose primary purpose is to decorate the, indoor spaces, usually the walls of residences and offices. Many forms of art work falls in this category. Return to top
Wall Prints: - Wall prints and posters usually designed to be put up on walls and door, of the pin-up quality.
Warm Color: -Colors whose relative visual temperature makes them seem warm. Warm colors or hues include red-violet, red, red-orange, orange, yellow-orange, and yellow. Return to top
Watercolor: -a water-based paint that is a translucent wash of pigment; a painting produced with watercolors. Painting in pigments suspended in water and a binder such as gum arabic. Traditionally used in a light to dark manner, using the white of the paper to determine values. Return to top
Watercolor Art: - A work of art composed with a paint composed of a water-soluble pigment. A work that is executed through the use of this paint. The art of using water colors. Return to top
Watermark:- a watermark is a design embossed into a piece of paper during its production and used for identification of the paper and papermaker. The watermark can be seen when the paper is held up to light. Return to top
Waterscape: -A painting of or including a body of water. It might otherwise be called a marine picture, a seascape, or a riverscape, etc. Return to top

Wet-on-wet:- a painting technique that is well-known as being the primary method of painting used by Bob Ross. Since lighter colors will usually mix with darker colors if laid over top of them while wet, the technique relies on painting from light colors up. This gives the painting a soft look, and allows the colors to be blended to the painter's desire Return to top
.Woodcut:- illustrations produced when the original printing plate was engraved on a block of wood. One of the oldest methods of printing, dating back to 8 th century China. Return to top
Worm's-eye view:- as if seen from the surface of the earth, or the floor Looking up from below. Return to top
Word Art: - WordArt, a new term coined for the Specialties of Graphic Designs. logo design; business cards; flyers designed and printed; letterhead designs; newsletters. Mostly dealing with words and of alphabet designs. Return to top
WYSIWYG: -(pronounced "wizzy-wig") is an acronym for What You See Is What You Get, and is used in computing to describe a seamlessness between the appearance of edited content on the monitor and final product. Return to top
Wildlife Prints: - Wildlife posters and Prints, depicting Wild Animals usually done by a Wildlife artist who specializes in such works of art. Return to top
Wet-on-wet::- The technique of painting wet color into a wet surface. The application of fresh paint over an area, that is still wet. Return to top
Wove paper:- A paper showing even texture and thickness when held to light. Created with very fine netting, a uniform, smooth texture results. Often used in fine writing and calligraphy, archival quality woven paper can used by watercolorists with good results. Return to top
Water Tension Breaker:-Substance added to water or to water-based paints in order to reduce surface tension Return to top
Wax Resist:- The use of a waxy medium to make a design over which a colored wash is spread. Return to top
White Spirits:- A thinner used with oil paints replacing Turpentine. Return to top
Wholesale Prints:- Wholesale poster, offered for sale in bulk of such art posters and prints for re sale purposes.
Whiting:- Chalk which is purified, ground with water and dried to form an inert pigment. . Return to top