wa·​ter·​col·​or | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkə-lər How to pronounce watercolor (audio) , ˈwä- \

Definition of watercolor

1 : a paint of which the liquid is a water dispersion of the binding material (such as glue, casein, or gum)
2 : the art or method of painting with watercolors
3 : a picture or design executed in watercolors

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Other Words from watercolor

watercolor adjective
watercolorist \ ˈwȯ-​tər-​ˌkə-​lə-​rist How to pronounce watercolor (audio) , ˈwä-​ \ noun

Examples of watercolor in a Sentence

a landscape done in watercolor He only works in watercolors. We bought a watercolor of the shore.
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Recent Examples on the Web The focus of this class is to provide participants with some additional or improved techniques for future watercolor paintings. courant.com, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 26 Feb. 2021 One day a year into the new effort, a small watercolor painting was dropped off at a location in the northeastern part of the city, which typically received 250 to 300 donations a day. Lauren Debter, Forbes, "Guess Who Has A Booming Online Business? Goodwill," 25 Feb. 2021 Minneapolis artist Lindsay McCall creates custom watercolor paintings of homes (lindsaymccall.com/custom-watercolor-home-portraits-shop). Erica Pearson, Star Tribune, "Local alternatives to Amazon abound for safe, convenient holiday shopping," 2 Dec. 2020 Photographs by the actor Jessica Lange, a watercolor by the American painter John Alexander, and four beetle prints from the French artist Emile-Allain Séguy will also be featured. Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, "Writer Julia Reed’s Estate Will Be Up for Auction Next Month," 21 Jan. 2021 Working with paint, ink, watercolor and pencil on paper, Walsh uses bright primary colors in a didactic, text-dense style to retell stories of radical left-wing politics from Marx and Trotsky to Huey Newton. Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, "‘Keep on keeping on’: At Dallas Biennial, five artists take the long view of resistance and struggle," 6 Nov. 2020 The paper holds up under light watercolor and less intense mediums. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Mixed media sketchbooks for creative people," 22 Oct. 2020 The Federal Art Project ran programs like the incredible Index of American Design, in which hundreds of artists were paid to produce watercolor illustrations for an archival catalog of thousands of uniquely American objects. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "The Artist Isn’t Dead," 4 Jan. 2021 As is the case with most quarantine-appropriate activities—watercolor painting, baking, putting together puzzles—my aversion to real clothes began to grow old after a while. Charlotte Diamond, Vogue, "How One Vogue Editor Embraced the Classics This Week," 12 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of watercolor

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of watercolor was in 1596

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2 Mar 2021

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“Watercolor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watercolor. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of watercolor

: a type of paint that is mixed with water
: a picture painted with watercolors


wa·​ter·​col·​or | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkə-lər How to pronounce watercolor (audio) , ˈwä- \

Kids Definition of watercolor

1 : a paint whose liquid part is water
2 : a picture painted with watercolor
3 : the art of painting with watercolor

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