from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- transitive verb To soften the colors or outlines of (a painting or drawing) by covering with a film of opaque or semiopaque color or by rubbing.
- transitive verb To blur the outlines of.
- noun The effect produced by or as if by scumbling.
- noun Material used for scumbling.
from The Century Dictionary.
- In oil-painting, to blend the tints or soften the effect of, by lightly passing a brush charged with a small quantity of an opaque or semiopaque coloring over the surface; in chalk - or pencil-drawing, to rub lightly the blunt point of the chalk over the surface of, or to spread and soften the harder lines of with the stump: as, to
scumblea painting or a drawing.
- noun A softened effect produced by scumbling. See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb (Fine Arts) To cover lighty, as a painting, or a drawing, with a thin wash of opaque color, or with color-crayon dust rubbed on with the stump, or to make any similar additions to the work, so as to produce a softened effect.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun An
opaquekind of glaze(layer of paint).
- verb to apply an opaque
glazeto an area of a painting to make it softer or duller
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the application of very thin coat of color over the surface of a picture
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
Where conditions were right (neither too much nor too little sun, for instance up near the house itself) a scumble of colors occurred in Spring, attracting swarms of bees and butterflies — among these: Silver-spotted Skippers (Epargyreus clarus clarus) and American Coppers (Lycaena phlaes americana) — in abundance.
From 18 inches away the scumble looks so painterly as to feel too sloppy... from 10 feet away, the effect is astonishingly lifelike, present.
When I did comics I was always fighting the detail issue; when to scumble in a background, when to draw it out in detail, and when to just leave it out entirely...
Could one use the wax as a glaze then scumble oil paint over it?
If it's a transparentized scumble or glaze layer, it sure has lost a lot of opacity.
Where the form turns more to the light in the brightly illuminated halftones, you can scumble a light tone overall, saving your strongest touches of pure white for the highlights and accents.
She chose “The Last Lunar Baedekar” by Mina Loy, to scumble and work over to create her own startling and original poems.
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.”
I should advise you to let it dry, and then scumble a middle tone right over the whole thing, as you did at first, which will show the old work through, and you can then correct your drawing and proceed to paint the lights and shadows as before.
Now scumble this with a big brush equally over the whole canvas (or whatever you are making your study on).