Ink is a wonderful medium – no wonder there is a whole month dedicated to it! In celebration of Inktober, our very own Del Thorpe has shared some advice as he embarks on his very first Inktober challenge!
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.
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.
Join us on our latest craft adventure – this time we are making a bouquet of paper roses! Grab your coloured paper and sharpen your scissors because this easy, kid-friendly project will put cut flowers to shame and make Mums smile.
Welcome to our new series, ‘Starting out in…’, where each time we will cover a different art form and give advice about the materials you need to begin your journey with. This post is all about watercolours, but it’s more than just a buyer’s guide! We are giving away a QOR trial and sample pack to two of our lucky readers – stay tuned for more details below!
If you are leaving it for the last minute and you still don’t have a clue what to get for your significant other, let us treat you with a great craft idea for this year’s Valentine’s Day. In this blog post we are sharing Amy’s tips for 52 Dates, all neatly folded in colourful envelopes.
Water down a bit of gesso primer so that it isn’t too thick, then apply to the surface of the lino with foam brush (ideally) or a soft, wide brush. It needs to be very smooth so that there are no raised streaks for your pencil to trip over or so your transfer doesn’t distort. Leave to dry.
Transfer your image or draw straight on to the dry lino. I have drawn the same image in pencil on a piece of lino with gesso (right) and without (left). As you can see, the image is extremely clear on the lino with the gesso.
A general tip is to make sure your lino is warm; you can place lino on the radiator or use a hair dryer.
Gesso is waterbased so when you are finished you can rub the primer off with a damp cloth.
We have been having fun with Golden’s virtual paint mixer: We uploaded a photograph to the website and found some interesting new ways of matching and mixing particular colours on the photograph using Golden’s heavy bodied acrylic colours. Give it a try – you might find some surprising results for mixing your colours! You can also enter RGB or CMYK values to get an accurate colour match or just mix up colours to see the result. http://www.goldenpaints.com/products/mixer/
So here’s our synthetic brush (this only works on synthetics!)
He looks a little worse for ware, frayed etc. So we boil the kettle, stick the boiled water in a nice mug.
Dip the brush hair into the boiled water for around 10 seconds.