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Value Valuing Fine Art Prints Vandyke
Vanishing Point Vapor Glaze Varnish
Vegetable Tanning Vehicle Vellum/Parchment
Veneer Verdigris Vermeil
Vertical Vessel Vinyl
Viscosity Visualize Vitreograph
Vitreous Vitrify or Vitrification Volume
Value Valuing Fine Art Prints Vandyke
The relative lightness or darkness of a hue, or of a neutral varying from white to black. The lightness or darkness of tones or colors. White is the lightest value; black is the darkest. The value halfway between these extremes is called middle gray.
Given that the matrix deteriorates slightly each time it is used, a print marked 1/40 is usually more valuable and of better quality than one marked 39/40. In valuing fine art prints you should also take into consideration the total number of the edition. A smaller edition number is always more valuable than a larger one, as there are less pieces circulating and in existence. It is mostly up to the artist how many pieces they will print for any one edition. However, some printmaking techniques are restrictive in themselves: for example, the technique of dry point does not allow for more than about 20 pieces.
A print with rich, dark brown tones. Also called Kallintype. Paper is coated with a solution of silver nitrate and ferric salts, placed in direct contact with a large negative between a board and a sheet of glass and set in the sun to develop.
Vanishing Point Vapor Glaze Varnish
In linear perspective, the point on the horizon line where parallel lines appear to converge. The position from which the viewer looks at an object or visual field; also called observation point or viewpoint.
To glaze raw war by introducing soluble chemicals into a kiln during firing. See "salt glaze".
A solution of resinous matter in an oil or a volatile liquid. When applied to a surface, it dries transparent, hard and glossy, protecting the surface from air and moisture.
Vegetable Tanning Vehicle Vellum/Parchment
A tanning process using the extracts of tannic acid. Vegetable tanned leather is strong, and suitable for belts, bags, etc. It can also be water-formed.
1. A liquid in which a pigment is dispersed. 2. That which is used as a means of communication, i.e., an artist's medium is their vehicle of expression.
Animal skin processed so that it has a smooth surface suitable for writing or painting.
Veneer Verdigris Vermeil
A thin layer of wood permanently bonded to a thicker core. The most beautiful grain patterns are used for the outermost layer (or face veneer) of furniture pieces.
A greenish blue patina that forms on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces. Faux verdigris (or verdi) finishes area common on the metal work of coffee tables, etc.
A French word describing sterling silver that is plated with gold. The gold plating must contain at least 100 millionths of an inch of karat gold to be labeled vermeil.
Vertical Vessel Vinyl
A line from top to bottom or bottom to top. Upright.
A concave or hollow receptacle.
Any one of a variety of flexible, shiny plastics.
Viscosity Visualize Vitreograph
Property of flow; a highly viscous glaze is “stiff,” does not flow much during the fire, and generally results in a matte surface; A glaze of low viscosity is fluid, vacillates during the melt, is usually glossy, and can cause other glazes or decoration to become fluid. Stiffness. Glass becomes less viscous as it is heated.
To form a mental image or vision; to imagine.
A print made from a glass plate that has been prepared by sandblasting and etching or that has been partially covered with silicone.
Vitreous Vitrify or Vitrification Volume
Clay that has been fired to maturity, so that it is hard, dense and nonabsorbent.
To fire to the temperature at which a clay or glaze attains its mature, hard, glass-like quality.
1. Space enclosed or filled by a three-dimensional object or figure. 2. The implied space filled by a painted or drawn object or figure. Synonym: mass. Similar to mass, a three-dimensional form implying bulk, density, and weight; but also a void or empty, enclosed space.

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