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Artists' materials and equipment

acrylic

noun

a paint that is made from acrylic and used by artists

airbrush

noun

a piece of equipment that uses compressed air to send small drops of paint onto a picture or photograph

brush

noun

an object used for painting, cleaning things, or making your hair tidy. It consists of a handle with stiff fibres or thin short pieces of plastic or wire called bristles that are fixed to it

canvas

noun

canvas or other cloth on which artists paint with oil paints

chalk

noun

a stick of white or coloured chalk, used for writing or drawing, especially on a blackboard

crayon

noun

a small stick of coloured wax used for drawing

crepe paper

noun

thin paper that stretches easily, has small folds on its surface, and is often used for making decorations

easel

noun

a frame used for supporting the paper or board that you are painting or drawing on

enamel

noun

a hard shiny substance used for protecting or decorating glass, metal, or clay

fixative

noun

a chemical that is used for keeping the colours of a photograph, painting, cloth etc from changing

glaze

noun

a clear shiny oil that you put on paintings or on objects made of clay, leather, or paper to protect them and make them look attractive

glazing

noun

a glaze used for giving clay, leather, or paper objects a shiny surface

ink

noun

a black or coloured liquid used for writing, drawing, or printing

medium

noun

a particular substance that artists use for creating their work, for example paint, wood, or stone

ochre

noun

a yellow, red, or brown type of earth used for making paint for artists

oil paint

noun

a thick paint used by artists, that contains oil

paint

noun

a coloured liquid that you put on a surface to change its colour or that you use for making a picture

paints

noun

a set of small blocks or tubes containing paint of different colours that you use for making pictures

paintbox

noun

a box containing paints for making pictures

paintbrush

noun

a brush used for putting paint on a surface or for making a picture with paints

palette

noun

a board that an artist uses for mixing paints on

palette

noun

the particular set of colours that an artist uses

palette knife

noun

a knife that an artist uses for mixing paints or putting paint on a picture

papier-mâché

noun

a substance consisting of pieces of paper covered in glue. You use it for making objects.

pastel

noun

a stick of colour containing pigment and water, used for making drawings

portfolio

noun

a large flat case for carrying large pieces of paper, especially pictures or paintings

primer

noun

a substance used for preparing a surface for paint

sepia

noun

a red-brown ink used for drawing

stencil

noun

a piece of card or plastic with a shape or letters cut out of it. You place it on a surface and paint over it to make a design on something.

turpentine

noun

a strong-smelling oil that you use for removing paint from things such as brushes, clothes, or your hands

turps

noun

turpentine

watercolour

noun

a type of paint that is mixed with water for painting pictures

white spirit

noun

a liquid made from petrol, used for removing paint marks and making paint thinner

woodblock

noun

a woodcut

woodcut

noun

a square piece of wood with a pattern on it, used for printing pictures

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