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  • noun water-soluble pigment
  • noun a painting produced with watercolors
  • noun a water-base paint (with water-soluble pigments); used by artists
  • noun the art or technique of painting with watercolors


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  • He pictured to himself a cross-section through that brain, painted neatly with grey water-colour on a sheet of paper stretched on a drawing-board with drawing pins.


  • I showed him some water-colour drawings of men and women of great beauty, and with very singular halos about their heads, which had been drawn and painted from visions by a certain Irish poet20 who, if he lives, will have seen as many wonders as Swedenborg; and rather to my surprise, for I had thought the paintings too idealised for a peasant to understand, he became evidently excited.

    Later Articles and Reviews

  • An Oslo gallery has banned Swedish artist Lars Vilks from exhibiting water-colour caricatures of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

    Muhammad paintings banned in Oslo...

  • With the paper, there fell out on the counterpane of the bed a small packet of sticking-plaster, and a little water-colour drawing of a landscape.

    The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices

  • The scene of the moorland and the fields was like a feeble water-colour drawing half sponged out.

    The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices

  • I have to tell you, first, that the medical student turned out to be strangely and unaccountably right in assuming it as more than probable that Arthur Holliday would marry the young lady who had given him the water-colour drawing of the landscape.

    The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices

  • Although this experimentation is common in the U.K., this is a shocking sight for a Greek audience that has grown accustomed to the expressive oil, acrylic and water-colour paintings featured in most galleries.

    Challenging Greek Art: Anathena

  • A water-colour portrait of this object of her affections was kept by her in a secret drawer.

    A Desperate Character

  • The portrait was a water-colour, painted rather unskilfully by a lady who had been a neighbour of hers; but the likeness, as every one declared, was a striking one.

    Dream tales and prose poems

  • He had furnished them in an antique manner, with hangings, cabinets, carved work, Venice glasses, fine prints, and water-colour sketches of good pictures by his own and other hands.

    The Newcomes


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