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How To, Jan Thomson, Maimeri, Ox Gall, Water Colour Paint -

If you’re a watercolour painter you will probably have heard of Ox Gall. This is a slightly unpleasant smelling liquid extracted from the liver of cattle that has been used for many years to achieve “smoother” effects with watercolour paint. It is basically a wetting agent, meaning that the paper will take the paint more readily. Paper which is heavily sized almost repels the paint so that it sometimes beads. Ox Gall will allow the watercolour to be absorbed, making blending much simpler. So, here goes my trial of Maimeri Ox Gall… On the left is a test patch painted...

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Jan Thomson, Maimeri, Paint, Red, Water Colour Paint -

With Armistice Day next Sunday this seems like a good week to paint poppies. Most of the poppies in my garden are red, pink and orange, so this gave me a chance to try out Maimeri Blu warm pigments! The colours which I’ve used in this little painting are: Rosso Primario Magenta, Rosso Pyrollo, Giallo Primario, Giallo Transparente and Blu Oltremare. I began with a wet in wet wash, dropping in my cooler reds towards the top to push those flowers back a little, then adding the warmer reds and oranges nearer the foreground. Yellows were dropped in, too, being...

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Atelier, Mediums -

Atelier have just launched some new mediums, and today I’ve been trialing two of them – Atelier Thin Medium and Atelier Middle Medium. I enjoy painting on primed hardboard, but sometimes acrylic paint can be a bit “draggy” on this surface – so I decided to use the Thin medium first to do an underwash which I wanted to be quite liquid. At first I used it on my palette mixed with the paint but wasn’t very happy with that so I put it into a small spray bottle and that was great, I could either spray onto the paint...

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All Mod Podge formulas are essentially the same in that they can all do three things. They are all good for gluing, sealing and finishing. The finish or use may be different, but they are all capable of those three things. Don't forget that.

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Since 1923 the Maimeri family in Italy have been making artist quality paints- oil, watercolour and then acrylic. It’s very exciting that Art supplies NZ are now stocking Maimeri Blu watercolour paint and mediums and I’m currently trying out some of the colours from the new range. The paints themselves are beautiful – great pigment strength and the ones which I’m working with are very transparent. They contain no fillers or additives, being blended with gum Arabic. They all have good light fastness ratings   When I first opened the two yellows – Giallo Transparente and Giallo Primario – I...

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