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How To, Ink, Jan Thomson, Paper, Water Colour Paint -

Art Supplies have sent me some Art Spectrum acrylic inks to play with. And I do mean play.  Acrylic inks are unlike any other medium I’ve tried. Firstly – they are very vibrant pigments, and they remain this way when dry. So, for someone who is used to working with watercolour or acrylic I need to keep this firmly in mind, or I’ll end up with a psychedelic painting! I chose delicious summer watermelon slices for my subject – ideal for bright colours! I decided to try the inks on both watercolour paper (Fabriano Artistico Rough) and Yupo - which...

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Beginner, Calligraphy, Educational, How To, Paper, W&N, Winsor & Newton -

Welcome back to Blog 2 on the Winsor & Newton, Beginners Calligraphy Set. If you are thinking of purchasing this set or you have recently purchased it then congratulations, because Calligraphy is an art form that you can make into your own personal style. Whether you are a traditionalist, and love the old style calligraphy, or you are keen to embrace modern calligraphy - there is no limit to what you can do. I prefer Modern Calligraphy as it doesn’t adhere to traditional rules, which is perfect for those people who find the traditional calligraphy rules a little stifling. However...

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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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Das, Paper, Review -

Recently I joined an Art Society group after moving cities. Someone commented on the paper I was using, saying that she had never seen if before. I thought I’d quickly show you some of the qualities of Das 135 gram cartridge paper that is available in their conservation pad range. A portion of the sale price of these pads is donated to the Hollyford Conservation Trust, so there is a feel-good factor when using them. The facts are these pads come in a variety of sizes A4, A3, A2, I find the Pad of 20 in A3 to be quite economical...

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