Why use acid-free materials? Is exposure to sunlight always to be avoided? Should watercolour paintings be kept in plastic sleeves? Is it better to store paintings horizontally or vertically? Read on to find answers to commonly asked questions about storing and framing finished art pieces and to gain a better understanding of archival quality materials.Continue reading
Acrylic pouring is an innovative way of abstract painting with acrylics and is a very popular trend right now. Its roots can be found in the drip painting technique popularised in the mid-twentieth century by Jackson Pollock. Pouring is a great technique for beginners: it needs minimal preparation and materials, it’s impossible to make mistakes because of the random nature of the technique and it is a lot of fun!
Read on to find out what you need and watch our tutorials to see three different ways to go about it: acrylic pouring with a colander, the dirty pour and the upside-down cup technique.Continue reading
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
Yupo is a new synthetic paper with an incredible versatility, available in loose sheets and pads. You can use it with almost any dry and wet media which makes it great for mixed-media artists and experimenters like myself. I got excited when I heard Yupo is suitable for watercolour – I couldn’t imagine how this glossy, cotton-free, tree-free paper takes water – and I couldn’t stop there! I conducted a series of tests with watercolour, gouache, acrylics, Indian ink, pencil, alcohol markers and charcoal to find out what this paper is capable of – have a look at the results!
My patio needed a good summer clean so to get in the mood I planned a craft project around it: painting flower pots! This step-by-step guide will explain how to use acrylic paint to decorate your pots and other terracotta ornaments. Patio before and after pictures – stay tuned!
Valentines Day is just around the corner and it’s not too late for a last minute greeting card. With regard to the success of our latest card making post, we’ve put together a bunch of ideas for those of you looking to surprise a special someone with a hand-made card.
Pre-made cards and envelopes are the best way to go when you are in a hurry. Most come in packs of 5, 20 or a 100, making sure you are well prepared for the next occasion. What’s even better is that you don’t have to sacrifice the quality of paper as you will find paper specially crafted for the card making enthusiast.
The Fabriano Mediovalis is a beautiful crisp white paper, ideal for pen, pencil, watercolour, pastel, charcoal and many other techniques. It is also suitable for inkjet printing and even bookbinding! With four deckle edges and slightly textured surface at 260gsm, this has been a huge favourite. It comes in packs of 5, 20 and 100, multiple sizes, landscape and portrait format, flat and foldable varieties. Additionally, the 20 and 100 packs make an ideal present as they come in a beautiful gift box.
If you are looking for a handmade paper, Khadi is the way to go. This beautiful Indian paper is a white 100% recycled long-fibred cotton rag with a unique texture and a 210 gsm weight. Similarly to the Mediovalis, this card and envelope combo comes in packs of 5, 20 and 100. The square shape enhances the hand-made quality of this paper and you can be sure that your greeting card will look unique each time you make one.
We also have a range of blank cards and envelopes in packs of 50, in white and ivory colours. The texture of the paper is smooth which makes it ideal for a range of drawing media as well as to use it as a blank base to mount artwork onto. The weight of the card is 220gsm, while the envelopes are a light 100 gsm.
If you are interested in creating your own cards for Valentines Day, you can now buy Maya Card in A4 and A3 sizes on our website. The benefit of this is that you have control over the shape and the size of your greeting card and you can choose from 29 colours which makes them the ultimate base for putting your own designs onto.
We hope this entry helped find the right card so you can be ready for Valentines Day! You can order everything mentioned in this post online, via Mail order by calling us on 01273 260260 ext1. or by visiting our Hove Shop on Portland Road. Happy Valentines!