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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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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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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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Coloured Pencils, Koh-I-Noor, Mondeluz, Natasha Fitzpatrick, Watercolour Pencils -

Part 2 of this series on the Koh-I-Noor Monedluz 12-set can be found Here. Italy is calling me! So I’ve finished my little sketch and I have to say I’m genuinely surprised with these pencils as they’ve been a real pleasure to create with, I particularly like the quality of pigment and the ease of blending they offer. They don’t crumble but they’re not too hard either, the colour is bright and can be used with water to create more hues. I’m going to add these to my list of constants. They don’t clog when you’re layering, they’re smooth and...

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