Category Archives: Materials

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

Top Tips: Watercolours

I’ve waffled on at great length about how to choose your colours, what sort of palette to get, and so on, especially in regard to watercolours, but as I continue to explore and develop my skills in the medium, I … Continue reading

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Sketching Media: Cretacolor Creativo Drawing Set (review)

Though I mostly prefer working in colour, every now and then I go through a phase of feeling that I should practice sketching in monochrome, or at least using limited colours, to improve my drawing skills. When I mention this, … Continue reading

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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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