Category Archives: Materials

Consumable materials used for painting and drawing, eg. paper, pencils, paints.

Watercolours: Butterfly on Milkweed (demonstration)

Every now and then I ask my friends on Twitter or Facebook to give me photos of birds or flowers or other stuff I can use as a reference for a painting or drawing, and I usually end up with … Continue reading

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Brushes: Jackson’s Pure Squirrel Brushes (review)

Sable brushes have always been one of those things where I thought it’d be nice to have one, but couldn’t justify spending the money on one. One day I saw an advertisement on the Jackson’s UK website for their new … Continue reading

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Brushes: Alvaro Castagnet NEEF Squirrel Mop Brush (review)

Every now and then, one of my local art supply stores runs promotions where you get a free brush or pad of paper or whatever when you spend a certain amount on watercolours, and last year some time the offer … Continue reading

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Watercolours: Birches in Autumn (demonstration)

I haven’t done much painting for a month or two since uni started up again, as I’ve been pretty busy with teaching and research. Now that I’m settling in for the semester and am waiting for the last touches on … Continue reading

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Pencils: Prismacolor Premier Watercolour Pencils (review)

Several years ago after getting rid of my old Derwent Watercolour pencils, I was looking for some new, reasonably priced watersoluble pencils to replace them. At the time a lot of the alternatives (Caran d’Ache, Faber-Castell etc) were out of … Continue reading

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Coloured Pencils: Two Cowrie Shells (demonstration)

Time for another little coloured pencil demonstration. My Nan has several jars of sea shells that she and I have collected over the years, including numerous cowries, so a while ago I got a few out and used them as … Continue reading

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Pencils: Prismacolor Premier Coloured Pencils (review)

Aside from Derwent, Prismacolor are probably one of the most well-known and commonly-used coloured pencil brands out there. It wasn’t unusual for art supply stores to carry only these two brands, and even now they still dominate the shelves. I’d … Continue reading

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