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

Part 1 of this series on the Koh-I-Noor Monedluz 12-set can be found Here. Time to experiment. Straight away I notice the quality with each stroke they have an intense colour which is partly due to what they’re made of. The Koh-I-Noor Mondeluz Coloured Pencils are advertised as having highly concentrated pigments in combination with the use of high-quality kaolin white clay for the core. Kaolin white clay is a super fine clay named after the hill in China from which it was mined for centuries. It was first used for making fine china and porcelain. So there is your...

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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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Beginner, Calligraphy, Linda Guiry, W&N, Winsor & Newton -

You can view the full range of available Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Inks Here. I was really excited to start using and exploring the Winsor & Newton Complete Calligraphy Set for beginners. It comes with 5 nibs, a nib holder and 3 different coloured inks - Deep Red, Gold and Black - and good calligraphy paper. If you are new to calligraphy using a dip pen will be challenging, but it is the most authentic experience you can get in the art of calligraphy. Like any new skill, it takes practice to learn new techniques and to build muscle memory....

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

Christmas has come early for me yet again, thanks to the wonderful team at Art Supplies NZ who have kindly sent me a new set of these Mondeluz Coloured pencils to try out. The case is wrapped in a card casing that to me resembles an artisan box of chocolates rather than a box of coloured pencils. Intrigued, as I have yet to try this brand, I go forth and open the box, being very careful not to damage the card casing. The pencils are encased in a beautiful metal tin. What strikes me first is the great colour range,...

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