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tr.v. scum·bled, scum·bling, scum·bles
1. To soften the colors or outlines of (a painting or drawing) by covering with a film of opaque or semiopaque color or by rubbing.
2. To blur the outlines of: a writer who scumbled the line that divides history and fiction.
1. The effect produced by or as if by scumbling.
2. Material used for scumbling.

[Possibly from scum.]


A painting technique in which parts are overlayed with opaque or semi-opaque color applied lightly with an almost dry brush.
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Get the LEARN drawing with art Springstead, Library, Saturday, 10am to Practise drawing while such as scumbling, cross-feathering.
In the Techniques chapter alone, the author addresses blending, feathering (and a number of other strokes), scumbling, stippling, and mixing pastel with other media.
The throwing marks on the plates were usually sanded down, allowing a smooth predictable surface, but in Kiki Meisie, he uses these marks, highlighted by soft brush scumbling to depict the head and face of a young girl with an Alice-band in her hair.