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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Paper Roses – A Craft Idea for Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what’s better to honour Mum than with a handmade present?

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.
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Starting Out in Watercolours

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!

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Helpful tip for lino printers

Gesso_lino_1 Hannah in our warehouse has given us a brilliant tip for seeing your image clearly on lino. We tried it in the office yesterday and it works really well!

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.

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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.Gesso_lino_3

A general tip is to make sure your lino is warm; you can place lino on the radiator or use a hair dryer.

Gesso makes it easier to see the cuts you make, which may help with a detailed piece.Gesso_lino_4

The completed lino pieces. Gessoed front, plain lino back.Gesso_lino_5

Gesso is waterbased so when you are finished you can rub the primer off with a damp cloth.

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Using fine sand paper rub the surface to remove any residue. The surface can get greasy. You can even use a little bit of methylated spirits.Gesso_lino_7 This is the final cut lino in use.Gesso_lino_8

Golden virtual paint mixer

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/

Retaining synthetic brush shape

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So here’s our synthetic brush (this only works on synthetics!)

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He looks a little worse for ware, frayed etc. So we boil the kettle, stick the boiled water in a nice mug.

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Dip the brush hair into the boiled water for around 10 seconds.

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Leave to dry and voila, lovely and straight again with minimal stray hairs! It doesn’t get paint stains out though, doh!