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Glossary beginning with M

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M.E.K. search for term

A solvent used in many paint reducers and thinners.

Machinemade Paper search for term

Paper made on a very rapid running machine called a Fourdrinier producing consistent qualities in their sheets and rolls.

Macramé search for term

Long cords knotted to form a pattern.

Magnetic search for term

Capable of being attracted by or acquiring the properties of a magnet.

Magnifier search for term

A device used for magnifying objects optically that involves a convex lens.

Mahlstick search for term

A long wooden stick used by painters and illustrators as a tool to support and steady the hand that holds the brush, conserving arm strength, and reducing the possibility of smudging.

Malleable search for term

Capable of being shaped or formed.

Manga search for term

Are comics created in Japan or by Japanese creators in Japanese. Manga is read by people of all ages and includes works in a broad range of genres and for a wide variety of audiences.

Manipulate search for term

To change or model by using hands or tools.

Mannequin search for term

A life-size or partial representation of the human figure, often used for the fitting of clothes or as an example of the human figure when a model cannot be found or would be cost prohibitive.

Maquette search for term

A small-scale model to prepare for a full-scale work.

Mar Resistance search for term

The ability of a coating to resist damage caused by light abrasion, impact, or pressure.

Marbling search for term

Mottling or streaking that resembles the veined structure of marble, or to create such a surface using painting techniques or faux finish.

Margin search for term

An edge and the area immediately beside it.

Marine Paint search for term

Coating specially designed for immersion in water and exposure to marine atmosphere.

Marine Varnish search for term

Varnish specially designed for immersion in water and exposure to marine atmosphere.

Marker Case search for term

A container with adequete storage space and dividers to hold a large array of markers.

Marouflage search for term

A painting done on canvas and then cemented to a wall or panel.

Marquetry search for term

Inlay or veneers of wood to form a pictorial image.

Mask search for term

Materials used to protect portions of a work from unintended change such as masking tape, frisket, and stencils.

Masking search for term

The process of applying pressure sensitive tape and paper to a vehicle to prevent paint from being applied where it is not wanted.

Masonite search for term

A trademarked fiberboard employed as a surface for painting but manufactured principally as a wallboard for use in insulation or paneling.

Masonry search for term

A construction made of brick, stone, or concrete and then joined by mortar.

Mass Tone search for term

The color that appears on top of the painting, usually thick paint applied so no color beneath it can be seen.

Mastic search for term

A gum or resin from certain coniferous trees that is used in varnish, employed as a medium, an adhesive, or as a sealing agent.

Mat search for term

A stiff cardboard with a cut-out in the center attached to a backboard used to hide the edges on a framed work.

Matboard search for term

A mat that is typically cut from a heavy cardboard used as either the mat in the overall framing of a picture, or as a barrier from pollutants and acids.

Material search for term

The substance or object out of which something is or can be made.

Material Safety Data Sheet search for term

Material Safety Data Sheet is a reference that contains the basic information intended to help safely work with a hazardous material.

Mats search for term

A stiff cardboard with a cut-out in the center attached to a backboard used to hide the edges on a framed work.

Matt search for term

Flat, nonglossy, with a dull surface appearance.

Matte search for term

Flat, nonglossy, with a dull surface appearance.

Mature search for term

To bring to or to be in a state of stable solidity and hardness.

Maturing Point search for term

The temperature at which all gases are driven out of a clay and the temperature at which powdered glaze or enamels fuses.

Maul search for term

A wooden club used to strike a wood carving chisel, shaped from a single piece of wood from the base of a young tree.

Maulstick search for term

A long wooden stick used by painters and illustrators as a tool to support and steady the hand that holds the brush, conserving arm strength, and reducing the possibility of smudging.

Mechanical Drawing search for term

A drawing of mechanical subjects done by a draftsman with the help of mechanical tools and instruments like compasses, T-Squares, and other straight or curved edges.

Media search for term

The liquid in which pigments are suspended, also a material chosen by the artist for working on.

Medium search for term

Typically refers to being in between two extremes, can also refer to the liquid in which pigments are suspended, or also a material chosen by the artist for working on.

Mediums search for term

The liquid in which pigments are suspended, also a material chosen by the artist for working on.

Megilp search for term

A mixture of linseed oil and a mastic, such as turpentine, that is used as a medium.

Melamine search for term

A synthetic resin that can be purchased in tough, non-porous sheets.

Melinex search for term

A registered trademark of DuPont's brand of polyester film.

Melting Point search for term

The temperature at which a solid substance becomes a liquid.

Metallic Pen search for term

Are pens that are designed to create special metallic effects usually by adding small metallic particles into the pigment.

Metalpoint search for term

A metal stylus which can be used to draw upon an abasive surface to create a faint gray line which then becomes more and more visible as these lines oxidize.

Metamerism search for term

An optical phenomenon whereby two colors that match under one or more light sources do not match under all light sources or viewing conditions.

Methyl Ethyl Ketone search for term

A solvent used in many paint reducers and thinners.

Mezzotint search for term

An engraving process that focuses on tone rather than line.

Mica search for term

Aluminum or other silicate minerals found usually in granite. Can be either in scales or crystals.

Middle Ground search for term

The part of an artwork that lies in between the foreground and the background.

Migration search for term

The action of a pigment or dye moving through a dried film.

Mildew search for term

A thin, whitish coating consisting of minute fungal hyphae, growing on plants or damp organic material such as paper or leather.

Mildew Resistance search for term

The ability of a coating to resist the growth of molds and mildew.

Mildewcide search for term

An acgent that helps prevent molds or mildew growth on paint.

Millboard search for term

Stiff, gray pasteboard that is often used for the covers of books.

Millboards search for term

Stiff, gray pasteboard that is often used for the covers of books.

Mineral Spirits search for term

A petroleum distallate used as a paint thinner in place of turpentine. Extremely flammible, use care with handling.

Mini Bell search for term

A device used to apply paint electrostatically that consists of a spinning disk to which the paint is applied that spins and charges electrically while the paint is atomized through centrifugal force.

Miscible search for term

Refers to liquids that can be mixed in equal proportions to and are completely soluble in each other.

Mist Coat search for term

A thin sprayed coat to uniform metallic finishes and also used to blend colors.

Miter search for term

A joint made between two pieces of wood or other material at an angle of 90 degrees, such that the line of junction bisects this angle, or a tool which creates such a joint.

Miter search for term

To cut two pieces of wood at 45 degrees so that they align perfectly at a right angle.

Mitre search for term

A joint made between two pieces of wood or other material at an angle of 90 degrees, such that the line of junction bisects this angle, or a tool which creates such a joint.

Mixed Media search for term

A technique involving the use of two or more media in a single composition.

Model search for term

A person who poses for an artist or the preliminary form of a sculpture, building or other object or the act of creating such an object.

Modeling search for term

A sculpture technique in which a three-dimensional form is manipulated in a soft material such as clay. The term can also refer to the effects of light on a three-dimensional object or the act of reproducing such an effect in a drawing or painting.

Modeling Clay search for term

A non-hardening substance used for modeling sculptures or for casting models. Cannot be used for permanent work.

Moiré search for term

Fabric with a wavy or rippled pattern or texture impressed on the surface by engraved rollers.

Moisture Resistance search for term

The ability of a protective coating to resist or become impervious to moisture.

Mold search for term

Mold (plural) is a fungus that grows upon various surfaces. In sculpture, a mold (singular) is a hollow form for shaping a fluid or plastic medium such as clay, plaster, plastic, or molten metal. In papermaking, the mold (also singular) is the lower screen that holds the pulp.

Molding search for term

A strip that adds interest to a surface by creating areas of light and shadow, similar to a frame.

Mongoose Hair search for term

Closer to sable in appearance and performance than to hog hair or badger hair. The tip forms a tapering point similar to sable but with a much thicker belly and therefore more stiffness. Primarily used in oil painting for impasto techniques.

Monochromatic search for term

Consisting of only a single color or hue but may include tints and shades.

Mop search for term

A larger format brush with a rounded edge for broad soft paint application as well as for thinner glazes over existing drying layers of paint without damaging them.

Mordant search for term

In etching, a bath of either an acid or a diluted acid in which a plate or a piece of glass is placed.

Mortar search for term

Either an adhesive material used in construction or a sturdy bowl in which substances can be crushed with a pestle.

Mosaic search for term

Picture making technique using small units of variously colored materials like glass tiles or stones to make up a much larger work.

Mother Mold search for term

In casting, a mold outside of another mold that helps to hold the shape of another mold.

Mother-of-Pearl search for term

The pearly iridescent internal layer of certain mollusk shells that is used as an inlay or veneer in jewelry, furniture, and other decorative objects.

Mottler search for term

A flat-ended brush used to make woodlike texture in glazed surfaces.

Mottling search for term

The appearance of blotches of color in paint or on paper.

Mould search for term

Either the action of forming something out of material, or a container used to give shape to a sculpture, or in the case of papermaking, the container used to hold pulp together to form the paper.

Mould Made search for term

Paper made by a slowly rotating machine called a cylinder-mould that simulates the hand-papermaking process.

Mouldemade Paper search for term

Paper made by a slowly rotating machine called a cylinder-mould that simulates the hand-papermaking process.

Mouldings search for term

Tim applied around windows, doors, baseboard, and ceilings.

Mouldmade search for term

Paper made by a slowly rotating machine called a cylinder-mould that simulates the hand-papermaking process.

Mount search for term

To attach securely to a support, or to place one or more works in an appropriate site for display, or the object onto which something is affixed or displayed.

Mounting Board search for term

A type of multi-ply board used for mounting other works onto it, either on a table, or standing free-form.

MSDS search for term

Material Safety Data Sheet is a reference that contains the basic information intended to help safely work with a hazardous material.

Multi-Ply search for term

Composed of several layers; Multiple plies.

Mural search for term

A large design or picture that is most commonly created on the wall of a public building sometimes in the fresco technique.

Museum Board search for term

A type of paperboard that is white, acid-free, and bends fairly easily in one direction but not in the other due to the overlapping grains of paper fibers.

Mutable search for term

Subject to change.