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The good, the bad and the ugly of watercolour paper – advice on 7 things to look for

Your watercolour paper is more important than your paints or brushes, but no one seems to mention it. It REALLY, REALLY matters! Why? Well in watercolour your paper is the lightest area – it becomes your white paint. So bare unpainted paper is usually visible. Lots of beginners think that they will wait until they …

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Edges in watercolour – 4 edges to take your work to the next level!

The quality and variety of your edges in watercolour make a huge difference. Getting control of your edges will take your work to the next level. We are taking about lost/found and hard/soft. If we are being thorough we might talk about broken edges too, but I will leave that for another day! Looking at …

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How to make a concertina sketchbook from a single sheet of paper

I love teaching workshops, as I end up learning lots too. The ‘Painting birds in Watercolour’ workshop I did last week was no exception. One of the students showed me a little folded concertina sketchbook she had made to keep all her samples in. Genius! Usually, I suggest sheets of samples, but this is so …

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Masterclass – free on YouTube 12 July – plus discount for online courses

Why not join me on Monday 12 July at 2pm BST for an hour or so live on YouTube to learn about different watercolour techniques and how to put them together to capture a horse portrait? This is my first YouTube live, so it would be great if you fancied joining me… Starting at 2pm …

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How to use masking tape without ripping your watercolour paper – 6 top tips!

Masking tape is jolly useful stuff, but the big down side is that it may well rip your paper, as you remove it at the end. Needless to say, this is incredibly annoying! Let me share a few tips to avoid this fate. First of all – why use masking tape? Not only does it …

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How to make a mini watercolour set

The sun is shining and your thoughts turn to painting outdoors or maybe a spot of urban sketching, but by the time you get all your supplies together you have given up. Wouldn’t it be great to have a mini watercolour pocket set with all the essentials? Of course you can buy commercial pocket watercolour …

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What is granulation in watercolour? Why does it happen?

Have you ever painted a wash and found that it looks a bit blotchy and granular? That is the phenomena of granulation – loved and hated in possibly equal measures by watercolourists. I am a big fan, as I think it adds interesting marks and textures which are unachievable in any other way. Granulating paints …

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How to make and use clear watercolour ground

Watercolour ground is the magic potion which allows you to paint in watercolour on lots of things, rather than traditional paper. It’s what I use on canvas and usually, it is an opaque white absorbent gesso-like substance. Sure, it doesn’t make other surfaces quite like a beautiful rag paper, but it makes it absorbent enough …

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Let’s talk money

This blog post first appeared as a guest piece on the Ken Bromley blog (https://www.artsupplies.co.uk/blog/how-to-price-your-art/), but I thought you might find it useful. Let’s be honest, pricing can be really tricky! Pricing artwork can make even a seasoned artist quake. To be honest, I am still not convinced I have it right. Perhaps the balance …

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