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.
For the past month, we have been counting down the days until Christmas with our very own Live Advent Calendar displayed in our window in our Hove shop. Each day, we revealed a new piece of artwork that was created by either our fabulous customers or dedicated team members. We would like to say a huge thank you to those who took part, and we can now enjoy looking back at all the entries. Furthermore, we would like to congratulate our three competition winners: Elsa Hubbard, Janet Stocker and Lucie Maynard!
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!
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 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”
In this blog post we are answering one of our most asked printmaking questions: What should you do to keep inking rollers in good condition? Our rollers are made of high quality materials and are durable when properly looked after – there is no reason they should not look, feel and work as well as these brand new babies, fresh off our production line:
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.