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aquatint

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A printmaking method related to etching but producing finely granulated tonal areas rather than lines; the term applies also to a print made by this method. There are several variants of...

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calligraphy

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1. Decorative handwritten lettering.

2. The art of fine handwriting.

3. Calligraphic type: any typefaces designed to...

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cameo

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Small-scale sculpture in which the design stands in relief above the surface. It is the opposite of intaglio. Often, the term refers specifically to a portrait cut in a gemstone; this form...

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colour printing

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From the beginning of western printing, introducing colour was an important goal. Medieval books had been colourful, due to the illumination of images and borders and to rubrication for...

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common press

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The basic design of wooden hand press, used for letterpress printing throughout Europe and America until the early 19th century. It was so-called to distinguish it from intaglio or rolling...

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copying machines

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Devices and technologies for multiplying copies, typically from a pre-existing ‘original’, or a purpose-generated printing or transfer surface. Most copying methods have been based on...

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cornelian

Overview page. Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

Variety of chalcedony, a semi-transparent quartz, of a deep dull red, flesh, or reddish white colour. It has been carved since the time of the ancient Egyptians, for whom supplies ...

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drypoint

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A printmaking method in which the design is scratched directly into a copper plate with a sharp tool that is held like a pen; the term is also applied to the print so made. It is a more...

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electrostatic printing

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The transfer of a text or image by means of an electrical or electrostatic charge, rather than by a printing surface (relief, intaglio, or planographic). The best-known application is...

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engraving

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Term applied in its broadest sense to the various processes of cutting a design into a plate or block of metal or wood, and to the prints taken from these plates or blocks (see print for a...

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