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Painting

Painting

Author: Aleisha Olson
Description:

This lesson will present a few examples of the main types of painting.

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Tutorial

This tutorial discusses the main types of paint used by artists.

Source: Image of Fayum Mummy Portrait, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fayum-34.jpg; Image of the Arnolfini Portrait, Jan van Eyck, Public Domain, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/33/Van_Eyck_-_Arnolfini_Portrait.jpg

TERMS TO KNOW
  • Oil

    A type of paint that uses linseed oil as a binder.

  • Acrylic

    A type of paint developed in the late twentieth century that uses synthetic polymers as binders. It is very fast drying compared to oil.

  • Watercolor

    A type of paint in which the pigment is temporarily suspended in water.

  • Tempera

    A type of paint that uses egg yolk as a binder.

  • Encaustic

    A type of painting that uses beeswax as a binder.

  • Pigment

    Fragments of color, usually ground minerals, sometimes also plant dyes or synthetic colors.

  • Binder

    The liquid substance that holds pigments together and helps them adhere to the surface of a painting.