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Friday, September 17

Scumble

[SKUM-bəl]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Unknown location, late 17th century

1.

[With object] ​​modify (a painting or color) by applying a very thin coat of opaque paint to give a softer or duller effect.

2.

Modify (a drawing) with light shading in pencil or charcoal to give a softer effect.

Examples of Scumble in a sentence

"Today’s online art lesson will teach students how to scumble."

"Pablo decided to scumble the sharp lines in his painting."

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About Scumble

Even though the word’s specific roots are unknown, “scumble” is possibly related to the verb “scum,” an antiquated version of “skim.”

Did you Know?

Scumbling became a popular artistic technique during the 15th century. Some art historians believe Renaissance-era painter Titian invented the technique.

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