• WordNet 3.6
    • n scumble the application of very thin coat of color over the surface of a picture
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Scumble (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scumble 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 scumble a painting or a drawing.
    • n scumble A softened effect produced by scumbling. See scumbling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Scumble skum′bl to apply opaque or semi-opaque colours very thinly over other colours, to modify the effect
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Freq. of scum,. √ 158
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Freq. of scum.


In literature:

A middle tone having been scumbled over the whole, the lights are now painted.
"The Practice and Science Of Drawing" by Harold Speed
There is none of the scumbling and glazing and re-working so common in the English portraits of the time.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908" by Various
In his latest stage he hides all sharpness in a sort of scumble or haze.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
Glazing, as well as scumbling, implies the obligation to varnish your picture.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
While this was going on, Edmund had been scumbling angrily at the background of his picture.
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Immediately afterwards, mixing up some colour sparingly, he scumbled over the entire surface of the portrait.
"Tales of the Wonder Club, Volume II" by Alexander Huth
When all is dry, finish the picture with scumbles (spegazzi), adding yellow to complete the colour.
"The Life, Letters and Work of Frederic Leighton" by Mrs. Russell Barrington
He had a firm direct stroke, never niggled or scumbled, and his loading was restrained though very effective.
"Art Principles" by Ernest Govett