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Glossary beginning with N
Exhibiting the lustre or rainbow-like colors of mother-of-pearl.
- Nailhead Rusting
Rust from iron nails that penetrates or bleeds through the coating and stains the surrounding areas.
The length of fibers in a paint roller cover.
A petroleum distallate used mostly by professional painters for cleanup and to thin solvent-based coatings. A volatile organic compound.
- Natural Resins
Resins from trees, plants, fish, and insects such as damars or copals.
- Negative Space
Empty space in an artwork.
An especially bright, clean set of colors that contain certain dyes and resins which can be much brighter than conventional colors and have the unique effect of "glowing" under ultraviolet or black light. Commonly used for traffic cones, detergent packaging, tennis balls, fishing lures, etc.
A color not associated with a hue, which include browns, blacks, grays, and whites. A hue can be neutralized by adding the direct complement.
- New Media
Refers to interdisciplinary works of art utilizing recently developed electronic media or other combinations of materials. Includes work that takes advantage of what is possible with new develoments in technologies and pigments.
The type of paper on which newspapers are typically printed. An incredibly inexpensive paper that is popular for use by students and for making sketches. Should not be considered permanent.
The point of a pen through which ink flows in order to make marks.
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health; the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness.
- Nitric Acid
A mineral acid used as an oxidizing agent in etching.
- Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Lacquer whose resin is formed with cellulose, a natural resin made from cotton.
- Non-Photochemically Reactive
Solvents which do not react with sunlight to cause ozone or smog.
The portion of a coating left after the solvent evaporates; sometimes called the solids content.
A type of polymer produced by a chemical process that is capable of being pulled into fibers commonly made into such materials as fabrics and cords that are noted for their strength and elasticity.