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Glossary beginning with L

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L.E.E.D. search for term

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green, or energy efficient buildings, homes, and neighborhoods.

Lacquer search for term

A fast-drying usually clear coating that is highly flammable and dries by solvent evaporation only.

Lacquers search for term

A fast-drying usually clear coating that is highly flammable and dries by solvent evaporation only.

Laid Papers search for term

Papers with a "grid" pattern in the sheet that results from the pulp resting against wires on the papermaking mould screen.

Lake search for term

A dye that has been chemically or electrically attached to a particle and does not bleed or migrate.

Laminate search for term

To build up a rigid surface over a framework by applying layers of material and adhering them together.

Lapping search for term

Either to take up liquid as a cat with their tongue, to accept eagerly with pleasure, to gently wash against something, or finally to polish a surface or gem with a lapping machine.

Latex search for term

A stable dispersion of polymer in an aqueous medium that may be natural or synthetic, used as a base for pigments in paint.

Latex-Based Paint search for term

A general term used for water-based emulsion paints that are made with synthetic binders such as 100% acrylic, vinyl acrylic, terpolymer, or styrene acrylic.

Laying In search for term

The traditional stage in oil painting of using a monochrome or dead color as a base for composition.

Layout Pen search for term

A fine point heavily pigmented pen that is designed for inking the darkened black lines of a layout drawing.

Layout Pencil search for term

A fine point heavily pigmented pencil that is designed for darkening the heaviest black lines of a layout drawing.

Layout Pencils search for term

A fine point heavily pigmented pencil that is designed for darkening the heaviest black lines of a layout drawing.

Leaching search for term

The process of drawing out excess liquid thorugh a porous substance.

Lead search for term

A metal that was previously used as a pigment in paints but discontinued in the early 1950s and eventually banned in 1978 because of its toxicity.

Leads search for term

Generall refers to the pigmented stick that is used to refill a mechanical pencil or a lead holder, sometimes made of lead but most often made of graphite.

Leaf search for term

A metal beaten into extremely thin sheets used especially for gilding. Traditionally made of gold or silver, many leafs may consist of an alloy with various other metals like aluminum, copper, and other less expensive metals that simulate gold and silver. In a book a leaf is a single sheet of paper that becomes two pages.

Leafing search for term

A metal beaten into extremely thin sheets used especially for gilding. Traditionally made of gold or silver, many leafs may consist of an alloy with various other metals like aluminum, copper, and other less expensive metals that simulate gold and silver. In a book a leaf is a single sheet of paper that becomes two pages.

Lean search for term

Used as an adjective to describe paint thinned with a spirit or paint with a naturally low oil content.

LEED search for term

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green, or energy efficient buildings, homes, and neighborhoods.

Leftover Paint search for term

The following steps are recommended for dealing with post-consumer, or leftover, reuse as much as necessary for touch-ups, store properly in a temperature and moisture controlled area, donate or recycle whatever is possible, and dispose of properly as hazardous waste at your local hazardous waste facility which may require a specil drop-off day. Check with your local municipality for any recommendations for recycle stores or hazardous waste facilities.

Let Down search for term

The process of reducing the intensity of a colorant or mass tone through the addition of white or silver, allowing you to see cast and strength.

Lettering search for term

Drawing or creating letters used in words, this action is sometimes differentiated from cursive by being referred to as printing.

Letterpress search for term

Printing from a hard, raised image under pressure, most often with printed text as opposed to illustrations.

Leveling search for term

The ability of a film to flow out free from ripples, pockmarks, and brush marks after application.

Levigation search for term

Reduction of a material to a fine smooth paste or powder.

Life Drawing search for term

The act of drawing the human figure from a live model and each such drawing produced.

Lifting search for term

A technique used to correct watercolor mistakes or to create highlights that involves using a wet stomp, chamois, or other piece of wet absorbent cloth and gently dabbing at the watercolor pigment that you wish to remove, or the rising of a dry film that rises and detaches from it's support, causing it to crumple and flake off.

Ligature search for term

In calligraphy and typography this refers to two or more letters joined together to create a single character, the most common of which is "ae".

Light Box search for term

A flat box with a side of translucent glass or plastic that contains an electric light, and designed to provide an evenly lit surface for use primarily in a photography studio.

Light Table search for term

A work surface of a translucent white glass or plastic with a lamp beneath it used for looking at photo transparencies or for tracing.

Lightfast search for term

A color that is resistant to external agents such as light, acids, and alkalis and doesn't fade over long exposure to the daylight.

Lightfastness search for term

A color that is resistant to external agents such as light, acids, and alkalis and doesn't fade over long exposure to the daylight.

Lightness search for term

A measure of the amount, or lack thereof, of luminance with white being the maximum lightness and black being the absolute lack of brightness.

Linear Perspective search for term

A system of drawing or painting in which the artists creates the illusion of depth by following a consistent set of geometric rules as they appear to the human eye such as a vanishing point, a horizon line, and various other tricks of perspective.

Liner search for term

An elongated round brush used for fine lines and detail work.

Lino Cutter search for term

A set of specialized blades used for cutting, gauging, or otherwise creating an impression in a piece of linoleum.

Linoleum search for term

A material consisting of a canvas backing and thickly coated with a preparation of linseed oil and powdered cork that is used as a floor covering or by artists as the primary block for linocut prints.

Linoleum Cut search for term

A linoleum block or plate used for making relief prints.

Linoleum Cutter search for term

A set of specialized blades used for cutting, gauging, or otherwise creating an impression in a piece of linoleum.

Linseed Oil search for term

An oil used in oil painting that is made from the flax seed and intended to add more fluidity and gloss to the color.

Liquid Driers search for term

Solution of soluble driers in organic solvents.

Liquid Pen search for term

Any pen that uses a liquid form of ink.

Lithograph search for term

A print created by a method of printing from a prepared flat object. A drawing is made on the plate with and then washed with water, the ink is applied and it sticks to the drawing but runs off the wet surface allowing it to stick only to the places where it had been previously wet and create a reproduction of the drawing.

Lithopone search for term

A white pigment of barium sulfate and zinc sulfide.

Livering search for term

An increase in the consistency of a paint or enamel resulting in a rubbery or coagulated mass and caused partly by a reactio between an acid vehicle and a reactive basic pigment.

Loaded search for term

In painting a loaded brush is one that is filled to capacity with paint.

Local Color search for term

The true color of an object or surface unaffected by any other factor.

Loom search for term

An apparatus for producing textiles, rugs, blankets, and wall hangings.

Loom State search for term

Canvas that has not been primed, sized, or otherwise prepared beforehand for painting.

Loop Tool search for term

A tool consisting of a loop of metal attached to a handle that is used in carving plastic and clay. The metal loop might either be round or more like a ribbon.

Lost-Wax Casting search for term

A casting process in which a sculptor first produces a wax sculpture, then a mold of refractory materials is made around this. When the mold is heated, the wax melts away, leaving a space for molten metal to replace it and create an exact reproduction of the original wax sculpture.

Low Pressure Coat search for term

The process of applying the final coat of paint at a lower air pressure. Used to uniform a finish or blending.

Low Relief search for term

A very slight extension of a form out of the background.

Luminescent search for term

A quality seen in some paints of a glow that comes from within.

Luminosity search for term

A quality seen in some paintings of a glow coming from within.

Luminous Paint search for term

A paint which actively glows in the darkness.

Lump Hammer search for term

A hammer with a heavy, rectangular head, used to strike stone cutting tools.

Luster search for term

A high-gloss finish with iridescence, may refer to a thin glaze sometimes used on pottery to produce such a color, or something which as the appearance of depth.

Lustre search for term

A high-gloss finish with iridescence, may refer to a thin glaze sometimes used on pottery to produce such a color, or something which as the appearance of depth.