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Calligraphy, Linda Guirey, Pens, Zig -

I was very excited to try out these brush lettering pens, as I have used many other types and own many types of brush pens, but hadn’t used these ones. Firstly, if you are new to brush lettering there are a few fundamentals that you need to get right before you start. You must use good paper whenever using brush pens, otherwise the brush nibs will fray and you will find that your lettering gets spoiled. Try and use printed guidelines to help you get the right slant of your letters. You can join loveleighloops.com and get their free guidelines...

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Beginner, Calligraphy, How To, Ink, Linda Guirey, Winsor & Newton -

Life doesn’t always go according to plan, so when a good friend’s husband committed suicide and then another good friend’s husband was killed in a truck accident, the rails on my road got a bit wobbly and I needed to focus on providing support to those in need. It’s just a reality check - sometimes you feel like being creative and sometimes you don’t, which is all ok.  I ran out of my creative inspiration for some time and wondered whether it would come back. Of course it did - it just needed time and space for when I was...

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Acrylic Paint, Beginner, Global, How To, Impasto, Paint, Student -

While lying in bed last week unable to move about due to a bad back strain, painting was a no go. However that didn’t stop the thought process one bit. In fact it gave me the needed time to do what every artists has on their mind at some point. WHAT NEXT? With exhibitions around the corner and this blog to write I had time to put my thinking cap on. Impasto. What to do? What to do it with? As in my previous blog painting is not all about painting what you see. It’s about imagination as well.  Impasto...

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Craft, Dry Mediums, Experimental, Experimental Art, Mediums, Paula Lynne -

And you will want to as well... I consider myself to be an experimental artist. I will try pretty much any product, tool or technique and will probably invent a few new techniques along the way. Sometimes it’s a complete failure but for the most part I love the end results. Of course, this could just be because I keep experimenting until I end up with something that I love. I was incredibly fortunate to receive some samples of a number of Derivan Matisse Dry Mediums from artsupplies.co.nz to play and experiment and create and generally have fun with. To...

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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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