stipple

If you stipple something, that means you add tiny dots of color or texture, such as using a special painting tool to stipple a plain wall with dots of a different color to make it look more interesting.

The verb stipple came into English from the Dutch word stippelen, meaning "to spot or dot.” Artist stipple paint onto their canvases and from the distance, the dots look like a field of flowers. You can also stipple metal, by poking it with a tool that creates little circular dents — that look like dots — to give it an artistic look.

Definitions of stipple
1

v engrave by means of dots and flicks

Type of:
engrave, etch
carve or cut into a block used for printing or print from such a block

v apply (paint) in small dots or strokes

Type of:
paint
make a painting

v make by small short touches that together produce an even or softly graded shadow, as in paint or ink

Type of:
paint
make a painting

v produce a mottled effect

“The sunlight stippled the trees”
Synonyms:
speckle
Type of:
cloud, dapple, mottle
colour with streaks or blotches of different shades

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