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What are transparent media? There are several media that artists use that are not opaque, the best known being watercolor. Watercolor's transparent qualities give it a luminosity that the opaque media (e.g. oil paint and gauche) do not generally have. This luminosity is the result of how watercolor pigment sits on the surface of the paper in a transparent (technically a translucent) layer allowing light to penetrate to the white paper and reflect back to the viewer. The majority of originals in this collection are watercolors. However, colored pencil is a lesser known transparent media and acrylics may also be handled so becomes transparent. A closer look at Cyclamen and Yellow Wrap will reveal the pencil lines of my under drawing because I handled the acrylic washes like watercolor in thin, veiled layers. My Favorite Things #1 is colored pencil, another transparent artist media. So now you have an idea what some of the transparent media are. Technically they are NOT transparent - they are really translucent! If they were really, fully transparent I'd be selling you the "Emperor's New Clothes."