Stipple

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Stipple

 

an instrument used in stipple engraving (a type of incised engraving on metal). A steel cutting tool with a sharply bent tip, a stipple produces triangular dots or short angular strokes on the surface of the metal. The system of dots obtained by working with a stipple creates a particularly soft and picturesque effect. The school of 18th-century English engravers who practiced stipple engraving is often called the school of the stipple.

stipple

1. To make dots, points, etc., on a surface (as a painted or freshly plastered surface), to achieve a decorative effect.