- to soften (the color or tone of a painted area) by overlaying parts with opaque or semiopaque color applied thinly and lightly with an almost dry brush.
- the act or technique of scumbling.
- the effect produced by this technique.
Origin of scumble
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- (in painting and drawing) to soften or blend (an outline or colour) with an upper coat of opaque colour, applied very thinly
- the upper layer of colour applied in this way
- the technique or effects of scumbling
Word Origin for scumble
C18: probably from scum
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