[ UK /skˈʌmbə‍l/ ]
  1. the application of very thin coat of color over the surface of a picture
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How To Use scumble In A Sentence

  • In her previous show at this gallery, Yeardley Leonard exhibited a number of large horizontal paintings divided by lateral, multicolored bands of scumbled paint.
  • Brogger seems intrigued by the processes of picture-building as he pours, drips, squeezes and scumbles pigment upon the light brown supports in several of the works.
  • Two large 1957 canvases, All Alone and Body and Soul, each about 3 by 5 feet, are playful images with pink scumbled lines activating the rich off-white, pale blue, brown and gray impasto at the center of the canvases.
  • In his hands, thread, string and wool are used as expressively as the boldly poured and scumbled paint.
  • Each is divided in half and painted in complementary blue/green and orange/yellow scumbles.
  • Uncertainty of finish dominates all of her larger works, which feature drawn forms that have been rubbed out or partially scumbled over.
  • A Scumble is generally a tint made of some colour mixed with white; its usual effect is to render the part of the picture where it is employed, somewhat cooler, grayer, and less defined than before; hence it is of great service in connecting any tendency to muddiness or dirtiness of colouring; and also to what is called hardness, or over-distinctness of detail. Scumbling
  • Merriam-Webster defines “scumble” as partly “to make as color or a painting less brilliant by covering with a thin coat of opaque or semiopaque color.” Archive 2007-05-01
  • In Golden Bird House, a similarly disconcerting picture, scumbled ocher brushstrokes fill the sky behind a white turretlike construction resting atop a pole.
  • When it's had time to dry off I shall apply a little scumble here and a little lining there, and sign it.
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