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Art Glossary: Velatura

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velatura white mist

A seascape in which I used a velatura of titanium white for the mist coming off the sea.

"Seascape No.9" © Marion Boddy-Evans. 46 x 122cm. Acrylic on canvas.
Definition:

A velatura is a thin layer of opaque paint, spread out so it creates a milky or foggy haze that obscures some of what's beneath it, but not all. It's like a glaze, but created using an opaque or semi-opaque pigment rather than a transparent one.

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