First introduced in the 1950s, acrylic paint consists of pigment suspended in a synthetic medium. Some artists prefer it to oil paint because it dries fast and can be thinned with water.


A closely woven fabric, originally made from hemp, on which a painting is made. More broadly, a firm, woven cloth of linen, cotton or other fibre.

Enamel paint
An oil-, water- or latex-based paint, often applied as a spray, that air-dries to a hard, glossy finish. (Not to be confused with “enamel,” a vitreous glaze fused onto a surface by intense heat.)


Either an artistic technique or means of expression (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography) or the materials used to create an artwork (paint, marble, wood, paper, glass, textile, ceramic).


Movable walls used for hanging pictures in an exhibition.


A thin wooden, metal, ceramic or plastic tray, often with a thumb hole, once commonly used by painters to hold and mix colors. Now, by extension, the range of colours used by an artist.


A plain-woven fabric of cotton, silk or other fibre with fine crosswise ribbing.

A wooden frame onto which a painting canvas is stretched and attached.

The flat surface on which a painting is executed. The most commonly used support materials include canvas, wood, cardboard, metal and paper.
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