GLOSSARY OF ART TERMS

Art Terms Beginning with W

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Art Terms Beginning with W

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Watercolor

A paint made up of pigment mixed into water or a work of art made with this paint.

WATERMARK

An image or mark in a sheet of paper (usually the papermaker's trademark) visible when viewed by transmitted light.

Wedging

A method of preparing clay by kneading and squeezing it to expel air pockets and make it more plastic.

Welding

A process of joining two pieces of metal together by heating the surfaces to the point of melting and then pressing them together.

Wet-collodion

A photographic process invented by F. Scott Archer in 1848, where a glass plate, coated with light-sensitive collodion emulsion, is placed in a camera, exposed, developed, and varnished for protection before being used to create prints.

WHITE CUBE

A certain gallery aesthetic characterised by its square or oblong shape, white walls and a light source usually from the ceiling.

Woodcut

A method of relief printing from a block of wood cut along the grain where the wood is covered with ink and applied to a sheet of paper. The uncut areas of the block will print where they contact the paper.

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