Definitions for "Watercolor"
Keywords:  arabic, gouache, gum, soluble, binder
(full definition includes images) is a water-soluble paint composed of finely-ground pigment particles and a gum binder such as Gum Arabic. When mixed with water, the tiny fragments of color form a stable dispersion and thus become distributed evenly across the paper before drying. Watercolor is typically characterized by its brilliant and luminous effects. This occurs because the medium's translucent nature allows the underlying white paper to show through the paint film and reflect light back to the viewer. Watercolor is usually transparent and allows the white of the paper underneath it to affect how the color appears, and this gives it its beautiful luminosity, as in this sheet by J.M.W. Turner.
a painting technique using water-soluble pigments mixed with a binder such as gum arabic to bond the pigment to the paper. traditionally, watercolor paintings are done on paper, and are characterized by luminous transparency. however, watercolor paintings can also be opaque, and can be carried out on other surfaces, including leather, fabric, wood, and canvas.
refers to designs that are characterized by soft gradations and soft shadings of color suggestive of semi-opaque watercolor paintings.