Charcoal artists will be delighted to know that popular and well established Nitram brand came out with two innovative products this year: liquid and powdered charcoals. We are testing them both to see what they can do and how they compare with other products such as watercolour and Indian ink.Continue reading
Welcome back to our series ‘Starting out’. This time we will explore the history of pastel painting, its advantages over other media and all the different materials available for the pastel artist. Stay tuned for a quick pastel painting of a cat where you can see many of the materials in action!Continue reading
When it comes to relief printing, linoleum is traditionally seen as the obvious choice of cutting surface (apart from wood). There are many alternative surfaces on the market, but have they managed to offer something new or is it worth sticking to what you already know?
There’s a new kid on the block, a synthetic watercolour brush called Sablene. It was developed to replace the need for natural sable which is generally regarded as the best watercolour brush because of its’ capacity to hold a lot of water. I am testing the new Sablene brushes,comparing them to other types of brushes.Continue reading
Relief printing is an exciting art form with amazing creative possibilities but just like with any craft, you need to be equipped with the right tools and information to get the best of your materials and your ambition. We compiled 5 tips and hints to help you on your journey to learning block printing. Continue reading
Once again the Lawrence staff got together for an evening of fun, learning and culinary delights. This time, the demo was lead by Georgia Flowers who taught us about lino printing. Some of us have never tried this medium so we were very excited to put practice behind our product knowledge and test the different relief printing materials we offer. Stay tuned for our finished results!
In this blog post we will be comparing brush types for watercolours, oils and acrylics to aid anyone starting out in their choice of medium. We will discuss materials, shapes and sizes you can expect to find in each category and help you chose the right brushes for your needs. We also asked three artists working at Lawrence Art Supplies to give us some hints and tips and share their experience with different brushes.
During February I went on an etching course at BiP Art Brighton with Ann d’Arcy Hughes, and what a fantastic time I had! There are a few different processes in etching and it also involves a fair bit of manual labour so it’ll certainly get those guns in shape if you’re thinking about taking it up!
I’m going to take you through the very basics of etching.
- Etching plate
- Scraper/Scraper burnisher
- Drypoint/etching needle
- Varnish brush
- Stop out varnish
- Hard etching ground
- Gloves – nitrile or latex
- Etching ink
- Copper sulphate/ferric chloride
- Hand cleaner
- Hand vice
- Roller/dabber for applying ground
- Tissue paper
- White spirit
- Car spray
What better way to kick off the new year than to pick up a new medium you haven’t tried before, from a manufacturer that you can trust. In this post, we will tempt you with one of our favourite brands – M Graham – who manufactures oils, acrylics, watercolours and gouache too. Their paints are of superior quality – made with ingredients such as honey and walnut oil – if you have tried one range you will certainly want to try them all and if you are completely new to M Graham, read on and find out why we recommend them for the serious artist.