Category Archives: Reviews

Watercolours: Blick Artists’ Watercolours (review)

Time to review more of the art supplies my parents brought home from America! Today it’s the Blick Artists’ watercolours, which are essentially the ‘home brand’ of Dick Blick. Up until now I’d only used their coloured pencils but I … Continue reading

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Paper: St Cuthberts Mill Saunders Waterford Watercolour Blocks (review)

When I was in an art shop in the city sometime last year, I saw some Saunders Waterford watercolour blocks on their shelves. I quite like my Arches blocks (mostly because blocks save you the effort of having to tape … Continue reading

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Watercolours: Grumbacher Academy Watercolours (review)

As I’ve often lamented on this blog, currency conversion rates and excessive postage costs have meant that I can no longer buy art supplies from the big American retailers, which tend to have a much larger range of products and … Continue reading

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Soft Pastels: Conté Crayons (review)

I ordered this set of Conté Crayons from Jerry’s Artarama to push my order over the line into the next discount bracket, which effectively made the box free. I thought the little drawer-based box was cute, and as I hadn’t … Continue reading

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Brushes: Silver Black Velvet Brushes (review)

I watch a few art channels on YouTube, and several of the watercolour artists use Silver Black Velvet brushes. While I know that practice is at least as important as the tools you use (ie. there’s no magic brush that … Continue reading

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Books: Paint with the Impressionists by Jonathan Stephenson (review)

Something I’ve always struggled with in art is letting myself paint loosely and not getting bogged down with perfection and realism. Though I do enjoy painting and drawing (or at least trying to paint and draw) realistic art, I also … Continue reading

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Oil Sticks: Shiva Artist’s PaintStiks (review)

On a recent trip into the city to meet up with some friends, I dropped into a few art supply shops while I was waiting. One of them had a clearance table set up near the door, and several minutes … Continue reading

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