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Glossary beginning with W

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Wallpaper search for term

Paper often colored and printed with design and adhered to a wall as a decorative covering.

Ware search for term

A collective term for pottery and ceramic objects.

Warm Colors search for term

Colors often associated with fire and the sun that appear to be warm in temperature like reds, oranges, and yellows. There are hues within each color range which can appear to be cool as well such as purple and yellow-green.

Wash search for term

Typically refers to the act of cleaning by hand, in painting it can reer to a thin layer of transparent or heavily diluted paint or ink.

Washability search for term

The ability of a paint or dye to be easily cleaned without wearing away whatever is being cleaned.

Waste Mold search for term

A term used to describe either a piece mold made from a model when the model must be broken apart in removing it from a mold, or a mold from which only one cast can be taken because the mold must be broken and discarded in order to release the cast.

Water Borne search for term

This term relates to a product that uses water as a primary solvent or as the primary binder which the pigment is dispersed into. The latter type of paint is designed for use in low-VOC states.

Water Spotting search for term

A paint appearance deflect caused by water droplets.

Water Tension Breaker search for term

Substance added to water or to water-based paints in order to reduce surface tension, for example Ox Gall.

Water-Based search for term

Coatings in which the majority of the liquid is water.

Water-Borne search for term

This term relates to a product that uses water as a primary solvent or as the primary binder which the pigment is dispersed into. The latter type of paint is designed for use in low-VOC states.

Water-Miscible search for term

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

Water-Soluble search for term

Capable of beind dissolved in water, especially if a wetting agent is added like detergents and soaps.

Waterborne search for term

This term relates to a product that uses water as a primary solvent or as the primary binder which the pigment is dispersed into. The latter type of paint is designed for use in low-VOC states.

Watercolor search for term

Any paint that uses water as a solvent, with one exception being water miscible oil paints which use water a solvent but are actually oil paints and another being tempera.

Watercolor Pencil search for term

A watersoluble colored pencil.

Waterleaf search for term

A paper with no sizing and very absorbent.

Watermark search for term

A translucent design or name visible when a sheet is held up to light.

Waterproof search for term

Typically refers to colors or other materials which will not decay or distort with exposure to water.

Wax search for term

A class of chemical compout that are malleable near ambient temperatures and also a type of lipid, with a low melting point and are insboluble in water. Used primarily to make candles and coating finishes, they are also used as the primary binder in encaustic painting.

Wax Resist search for term

The use of a waxy medium to make a design over which a colored wash is spread.

Weasel Hair search for term

A similar hair but of inferior quality to the kolinsky and sable hair, shorter and with less thickness. Outside of some specific Oriental brushes, weasel hair is usually only used as a filler in other types of sable hair brushes.

Weathering search for term

The effect of exposure to weather on paint films.

Weaving search for term

The interlacing of long, thin materials such as yarn or thread to make a cloth or basket.

Wet Edge search for term

Length of time a wall paint can stand and be brushed back in to the next stretch without showing a lap, or refers to the edge being painted itself.

Wet Erase search for term

An alternative to blackboard, or chalk boards, for presentations that uses a white drawing area and water-based ink markers instead of chalk. The glossy surface can be easily wiped off, or erased. Also called a dry erase board.

Wet Into Wet search for term

A painting technique in which the final surface of the painting is completed in one sitting without any under painting.

Wet Onto Wet search for term

A painting technique in which the final surface of the painting is completed in one sitting without any under painting.

Wet-On-Wet search for term

The application of fresh paint over an area in which the paint is still wet.

Wetting Agent search for term

Substance added to water or to water-based paints in order to reduce surface tension, for example Ox Gall.

White Board search for term

An alternative to blackboard, or chalk boards, for presentations that uses a white drawing area and water-based ink markers instead of chalk. The glossy surface can be easily wiped off, or erased. Also called a dry erase board.

White Sable search for term

A synthetic sable brush made of various polymers, commonly nylon, and pointed at the tip, and often described as having too much spring and a light amount of absorbency.

White Spirits search for term

A thinner used with oil paints that replaces Turpentine.

Whiteboard search for term

An alternative to blackboard, or chalk boards, for presentations that uses a white drawing area and water-based ink markers instead of chalk. The glossy surface can be easily wiped off, or erased. Also called a dry erase board.

Whiteboards search for term

An alternative to blackboard, or chalk boards, for presentations that uses a white drawing area and water-based ink markers instead of chalk. The glossy surface can be easily wiped off, or erased. Also called a dry erase board.

Whiting search for term

Chalk which is purified, ground with water, and dried to form an inert pigment.

Willow Charcoal search for term

Charcoal made from willow that is cut into various sizes and then charred. Willow charcoal is more gray than black when compared to compressed charcoal.

Withering search for term

A loss of gloss is sometimes caused by varnishing open-pore woods without filling the pores, use of improper undercoating, or applying a top coat before the undercoat has fully dried.

Woodcut search for term

A print made by cutting a design in a block of wood also called a woodblock print.

Woodless Colored Pencils search for term

A type of pencil that is designed to reduce the loss from sharening and maximize the use of the entire lead by removing the wooden casing and leaving just the pigmented core.

Working Time search for term

The total amount of time that a paint, stain, etc. can be sufficiently "worked" or used for it's intended purpose.

Wove Paper search for term

Papers which show no fine "laid" lines running through the sheet when held to the light.

Wrinkling search for term

Development of ridges and furrows in a paint film when dry.