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brush

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A painting or drawing implement consisting of flexible fibres set in a handle. Prehistoric artists used materials such as feathers and leaves to apply paint and the Egyptians used an implement ...
charcoal

charcoal  

(char-kohl)a fine black powder, a form of carbon that is the residue from the partial burning of wood and other organic materials. activated c. charcoal that has been treated to increase its ...
conté crayon

conté crayon  

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A type of hard crayon, named after Nicolas-Jacques Conté (1755–1805), a French scientist who worked as a portrait painter in his youth and invented the modern graphite pencil in the early 1790s. ...
crayon

crayon  

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Any drawing material made in stick form. Modern coloured crayons are usually encased in wood.
frottage

frottage  

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(French: ‘rubbing’).A technique of creating an image by placing a piece of paper over some rough surface such as grained wood or sacking and rubbing the paper with a crayon or pencil until it ...
graphite

graphite  

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Mineral—a form of carbon—used as the ‘lead’ in pencils, among other purposes. It is mined in various parts of the world and can also be made synthetically.
lead pencil

lead pencil  

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The modern lead pencil was introduced in 1795 and is a writing or drawing tool consisting of a thin rod made from a mixture of graphite, fine clay and binder, which is encased, either in lacquered ...
metalpoint

metalpoint  

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Method of drawing using a small metal-tipped rod on paper or other material that has been coated with a special ground. This coating is slightly granular (it contains powdered bone), causing a trace ...
pantograph

pantograph  

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An instrument, known since the 17th century, for copying a drawing or design, either same size or on a larger or smaller scale. By a simple system of levers, the ...
Pencil

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Art & Architecture
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912 words

Originally the name of a small brush (and still occasionally used as such, as in the description ‘sable pencil’), the

pencil

pencil   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Western Art

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2003
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Art & Architecture
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127 words

The word found in both Latin and Old French originally meant an artist's paintbrush, usually made of camel hair or

pencil

pencil   Reference library

A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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2011
Subject:
Literature, History
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249 words

Deriving from the Latin penicullus (a ‘little tail’ or ‘little brush’), the term ‘pencil’ originally denoted a small brush used

pencil

pencil   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of Art (3 ed.)

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2004
Subject:
Art & Architecture
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280 words
Writing or drawing instrument consisting of a slender rod of graphite or similar substance encased in a cylinder of wood (or less usually metal or plastic). Although the material is ... More
pencil

pencil   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
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200 words
[Lat. pencillum, ‘little tail’, i.e. brush] A brush or, far more commonly now, a writing and drawing implement that leaves a coloured mark on a surface. Predecessors of the ... More
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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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2010
Subject:
Art & Architecture
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171 words

A writing or drawing instrument consisting of a thin shaft of *graphite or a related substance encased in a wooden holder. ...

plumbago

plumbago  

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Plumbago is a black lead or graphite substance, a form of carbon, used in the manufacture of pencils. Plumbago, whether applied by pencil or as a stick of charcoal material ...
propelling pencil

propelling pencil  

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A pencil in which a slim cylinder of graphite, known as a lead (see lead pencil), is held within a tubular case, and advanced mechanically for writing. The lead is ...
soft-ground etching

soft-ground etching  

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A method of etching that produces prints characterized by softness of line or a grainy texture. The waxy ground used to coat the plate is softer and stickier than in normal etching, so that it ...
stump

stump  

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A coil of leather, paper, or felt with blunted points at either end which was used for rubbing on drawings made in graphite, chalk, pastel, or charcoal. Sometimes a tapered ...
underdrawing

underdrawing  

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Preliminary drawing for a painting which is then painted over. As paint, especially oil paint, often becomes more transparent with age, so the underdrawing sometimes becomes visible to the naked eye. ...

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