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The term painterly is used to describe a painting done in a style that embraces the medium. Color, stroke, or texture are hallmarks of the painterly style, especially as it applies to the rendering of forms, rather than contour or line. Marks from tools, such as brush strokes or palette marks, are part of the final work, not smoothed away. Oil paint, acrylics, gouache, watercolor are some of the types of paints used in this technique.

ACRYLIC: Paint with a synthetic base that dissolves in water. Colored pigments are added for an opaque finish.
ALKYD: An oil paint medium made with an alkyd resin binder that has been modified with a non-yellowing drying oil for color retention, durability, and quick drying time.
CASEIN: (kay'seen) a milk-based paint with a glue-like consistency. It dries quickly, has matte finish, and is, over time, resistant to moisture.
CELL-VINYL: A type of waterproof acrylic paint that will not flake or crack when dry. It can be used on acetate, illustration board, watercolor paper, canvas, wood, foil, plastic, vinyl, and glass.
FLASHE PAINT: A vinyl-based paint that dries evenly for a matte, opaque finish.
GOUACHE: (pronounced gwash ) is a type of watercolor paint. Pigments are ground in water and thickened with a glue-like substance. It is opaque whereas watercolor is transparent.
OIL: Paint created from mixing colored pigments with an oil base.
PAINT: Colored pigments combined with liquid (called vehicles) which includes a binder that causes it to adhere to a surface.
TEMPERA: Similar to watercolors, except pigments are mixed with a sticky base, such as egg yolk.
WATERCOLOR: Finely ground-up pigments of color with natural or chemical base that are mixed with water. Watercolor is transparent whereas gouache is opaque.

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