Monday, 13 February 2017

French Ultramarine Blue .v. Ultramarine Blue


Ever noticed that some paint manufacturers have

FRENCH Ultramarine Blue and also Ultramarine Blue

ever wondered what the difference is.


Well it's simple.  

FRENCH Ultramarine Blue is a purer, higher quality pigment paint

whereas, 

Ultramarine Blue 

it is more student grade (just as good but if you want to sell your artwork
then you should be using the better quality paints)










Friday, 10 February 2017

Mixing New Colours from those you already have

So you have a few colours in your collection, most of us have.  Some colours may be missing like SEPIA or VANDYKE BROWN, even BURNT UMBER.

Well, if you have Raw Umber, Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna....these will give you those missing colours.

Here's how...

RAW UMBER + ULTRAMARINE BLUE  =  SEPIA


SEPIA + BURNT SIENNA = VANDYKE BROWN



RAW UMBER + BURNT SIENNA = BURNT UMBER



Go on, give this a try and see the outcome, 
so easy to add to your collection of paints this way.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

When watercolour and sketchbooks don't mix

Graphite sketch - "William"


This sketchbook doesn't like watercolour.
Quite simply the watercolour seems to
disappear on the pages

Solution: use graphite or pen.


You see, when something doesn't pan out,
you just alter the way you use it.











Tuesday, 10 January 2017

When your graphite has become a stub

You know how it is, you keep sharpening your pencils and they end up as a little itty bitty stub - what do you usually do - Yes, you give up and throw them away.  Well, hang on and check this out.

SAVE those plastic covers that come with brand new brushes...most people chuck them,

Don't, 
as
you
 need to save them,
they are useful...





(some of you will have seen this clip already on
Facebook)






 ~HOPE THIS IS OF HELP AND USEFUL FOR YOU~





Thursday, 10 November 2016

Brand new brushes

Just a quick tip here :

When you buy a brand new brush (and oh isn't that great) remember to put it in some clear water for 2 or 3 minutes first...let it sit and soak up the water.   Brand new brushes have a coating on them, it holds them together before use, so you need to release that first.

You will see when the brush has relaxed and soaked up some water, you will then be able to use it with your paints.

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Sunday, 18 September 2016

It's all a matter of Observation

Easily said - easily forgotten

That certainly goes for painting.
As Artists we tend to observe the world slightly differently from others,
but we don't always remember to Look

Looking AROUND US at the every day 
what do we actually miss!

....example was our sun brolly in the garden....

"Was it really LOOKING at ME"!

 Easily missed, but made me THINK.



Friday, 2 September 2016

Applying Masking Tape

The usual recommendation for adding masking tape to paper, is place it on your clothes first...it takes off the excess stickiness and allows you to remove the tape from the paper without tearing it.




Although a problem with that method is, you can often lift the pile from the clothes onto the tape...not so good.

I find it better to run your hands over the masking tape, that takes off the excess stickiness very effectively and the tape still comes off the paper easily.



~ job done ~