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Educational MaterialGlossary of Watercolor Painting TermsWatercolor, generally referring to transparent watercolor, is a technique of painting in which pigments ground witha binder and diluted with water are applied in washes to white or light-tinted papers. “True” or “classic” watercolorsare characterized by a luminous transparency: no matter how many layers of color are applied, the paint remainstranslucent and allows the light to penetrate and be reflected from the paper support. Watercolor paints were beingmade by the late 1700s, at first as hard, dry cakes. “Moist colors” introduced in the 1830s were easier to workwith. Working with this essentially liquid medium, painters can achieve a wide range of artistic effects by varyingthe composition of the paint, the manner of application, and the texture of the paper.accent A detail, brushstroke, or area of color placed in a painting for emphasis.atmospheric perspective Suggesting perspective in a painting with changes in tone and color...