Phyllis the Snow Woman – Free Crochet Pattern

Phyllis is part of the #LiveAdventCalendar, our Christmas window display featuring new artwork for each day of the Advent period. This bubbly snow lady has so been popular with our customers (especially with children) that we decided to share Judy’s pattern with all of you. You will need some basic crochet skills but even if you never attempted amigurumi before, you will find plenty of tutorials on YouTube to bring you up to speed and get you started on this lovely Christmas project!

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Lawrence Art Supplies Guide to Card Making

Card making is a wonderful excuse to get creative, practice your skills and show your loved ones what a terrific artist you are (or in my case, the artist I wish I could be). Since Christmas is just around the corner, this is the perfect time to create something unique and personal; something completely original from what you might find out on the high street. Here are some of our top tips!

Relief Printing 

Relief Printing consists of cutting or etching into a surface, applying ink using a roller and then pressing onto the desired paper. This is a great way of replicating your design onto a series of cards.

Below is an example of a Christmas card design by our very own Georgia Flowers, made using lino cutting materials.

 Georgia’s piece “A Partridge in a pear tree”
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Creating a Haunting Halloween

With the darkness falling across the land and the midnight hour close at hand we must create creatures full of dread using your creative head!

Halloween doesn’t have to be expensive. Making and crafting your items for decoration or for a costume is always fun, satisfying and can cost you a lot less than pre-made items.

To prepare us for this gruesome time of year, the team at Lawrence’s have got busy crafting, painting and more. See our hideous creations and how to make them below:

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An Interview with Katie Edwards – Winner of the Lawrence Printmaking Prize

We are delighted to be sponsors of the Brighton Print Fair, an event that runs throughout September and celebrates printmaking in all its wonderful forms. This year we ran the Lawrence Printmaking Prize and we finally hailed Katie Edwards as our winner. We love her style; the juxtapositions in her work offer humorous yet symbolic messages which are both thought provoking and a joy to study. We thought we would ask her a few questions and find out more about her!

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Travelling with Art Materials

Summer is finally here and with it comes the possibility to paint plein air and explore new locations. Most of us are hoping to get out of the country and spend some holiday elsewhere, take a painting course in Italy or check into an artist retreat in rural France. If you are travelling with artist materials and taking a plane, you are most likely dreading security checks. What can you take on board, check into the cargo and what restrictions do you need to consider to avoid your equipment being confiscated? In this article we hope to shine some light on some of the rules and regulations of air travel, help you prepare with the right materials and sizes and offer some practical advice on what to do when your materials fall into the absolute no-no category.

 

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Starting out in Acrylics

Welcome back to our series ‘Starting out in…’ where we give advice about the materials you need to get into a new art form. It is time for Acrylics, a relatively new medium whose versatile use is only exceeded by the abundance of materials available on the market: paints, primers, mediums, varnishes – not to mention the surfaces ranging from canvases to wood panels! Worry not; after reading our beginner’s manual, the only thing you will question is, why haven’t you started earlier?

Our starter selection for acrylics: Fredrix Canvas pad, Lawrence Protégé Canvases, Pebeo Studio Acrylic Set of 10, Pro Arte W6 Acrylix Brush Set and a plastic kidney palette

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Watercolour Lifting with Canson Héritage

Lawrence Art Supplies is now stocking Canson Héritage, a brand new watercolour paper that is a result of centuries old tradition and modern technological innovation. This 100% cotton paper was specifically designed to allow artists to lift colour easily and without damaging the paper’s surface. To celebrate the release of Canson Héritage, we decided to put its lifting ability to a test and give our readers a little insight into what it feels like working with this new paper.

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Easter Egg Alternatives

We at Lawrence’s truly believe in using sustainable alternatives whenever we can, and with Easter approaching, we need to talk about eggs! While it is lovely to keep traditions going, it seems like an awful waste to use real egg shells for Easter decoration (unless you are baking a cake). To keep with the holiday spirit but also stay true to our environmentally conscious philosophy, we put together a few creative but sustainable craft ideas for Easter.


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