Category Archives: Reviews

Paper: Arches Watercolour Blocks (review)

Back when the Australian dollar was at parity with the US dollar, one of the American art supply retailers had some sort of ‘buy two, get one free’ deal on Arches watercolour blocks, and since I was putting in an … 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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Brushes: Princeton Neptune Brushes (review)

Many artists love the soft and springy nature of sable or squirrel hair brushes and the fact they hold much more water than synthetic taklon brushes, but for a variety of reasons, some painters prefer not to use genuine animal … 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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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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Paper: Fabriano Watercolour Postcards (review)

I’ve been trying to paint more often with watercolour, but sometimes I just get intimidated by large sheets of watercolour paper and the thought of making mistakes on them and ruining them. For that reason, I often pick up smaller … Continue reading

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