Art

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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Dual brush pens – Tombow or WHSmith – at less than half the price, are they half as good?

I love Tombow dual brush pens for urban sketching or nature sketching, but they are REALLY expensive. So when I spotted that WHSmith do a dual brush pen, I wondered if they would be any good. They are half the price, but are they half the quality? Two artists I really admire, Ian Fennelly and …

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Words of advice – what watercolour tutors say

I belong to a watercolour group on Facebook called Watercolour Techniques and Tips (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1726005714353976). Someone asked about the best watercolour advice they’d ever been given and it resulted in a long and varied discussion. I laughed, as I reckon I’ve said every single one of the phrases. So, for a bit of fun, here they …

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Providing a diversion – beginners’ watercolour course

Here we are in the middle of the third lockdown (if you are in England – different in Scotland and Wales) and it’s a toughie. The first we had the gorgeous spring weather, the second we had Christmas to look forward to, but this one is grey and cold and damp. Well, I need to …

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New online courses and book available

I set myself a New Year’s resolution to launch my own online courses….for all those people who couldn’t come to workshops. Scroll forward and COVID happened. It made online courses even more necessary, but gave me less time to develop them. Too much fire fighting! Scroll forward and finally I have done it! To coincide …

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