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How To, Jan Thomson, Limited Palette, Maimeri, Paint, Water Colour Paint -

Continuing on from my two colour palette … Next, using three Maimeri colours you can create an exciting colour range to work with. All you need is one yellow, one red and one blue. The first example is a warm palette, using Terra de Sienna, Blu Oltre Marie Chiaro and Rosso Pyrrolo – together these form a soft green, a fiery orange and a greyish purple. They also mix to make a beautiful warm grey and a luscious purple /black. The second trio is a cool one – Blu de Fainza, Gilallo Primario and Rosso Magenta – this is pretty...

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Blue, Canson, Jan Thomson, Maimeri, Paint, Water Colour Paint -

Well, that’s not quite true, but if I had to choose just two pigments to take to my desert island they would be Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna. With these two I can make warm and cool greys, soft underpaintings and juicy darks as well as the clear bright clear colours that they are when used solo. For this little sketch I used Maimeri Blu Oltremare Chiaro and Terra Di Siena Bruciata (don’t they sound good in Italian?). These two colours are my essentials in any brand, so it’s good to compare Maimeri with the others I’m more familiar with....

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Canson, Heritage, Jan Thomson, Paper -

Heritage watercolour paper is top of the Canson range. This 100% cotton paper, as with their Moulin de Roy paper, is available in Hot Pressed, Cold Pressed and Rough. All of the Canson papers come in 24 x 32” sheets, which is a great way to buy it and if needed you can then cut to whatever size you like. I suggest for beginning painters that you buy a pack and share it with a friend, which is an economical way to try artist grade materials. So, I tried the same painting exercises that I did a few weeks ago...

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Canson, Jan Thomson, Paper, Review -

The Canson paper company had its beginnings in a small village in France in 1557. Since then it has become world famous for its high-quality art papers (as well as being responsible for making and launching the first hot air balloon in 1782!). Luckily for those of us who paint, they set aside aeronautical ambition and continued to research and produce art papers. Today I’ve been trying out their Moulin de Roy range. This paper is made from 100% cotton and would be a great everyday paper to use. It meets acid free and archival standards, so you can confidently...

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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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