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fixative


A thin varnish, natural or synthetic, that is sprayed over charcoal, pastel and other drawings to protect them from smearing, rubbing, or falling off the paper. All or some will alter the original colors slightly. Common hairsprays work well as student-grade fixatives.


yamato-e

Japanese narrative paintings from the 10th century, when the Tale of Genji

Example: Marasaki Shikibu (Illustrated Scroll of Lady Marasaki's Diary), 13th century.

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yard

A unit of distance measurement equal to three feet, or 36 inches. To convert yards into centimeters, multiply them by 91.44; into meters, x 0.9144. Abbreviated yd.

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yd.

Abbreviation for yard.

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yellowing

In painting, a tendency on the part of binding media to turn a tint towards yellow. This is most likely to occur when linseed oil is included.

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