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Which should I use first in line and wash – ink or watercolour?

Pen and wash (or line and wash if you prefer), is a wonderful way of combining the strength of ink with beautiful soft washes of transparent watercolour. At its best, the sum of the parts adds up to so much more than the individual elements. But the most common question for those starting out is, …

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Painting realistic dew drops in watercolour – 5 different simple ways

Sometimes a little detail turns a painting from good to WOW! and adding water drops, rain drops or dew drops to your work can be just such a detail. The other thing is that they are a brilliant way of practicing tone and shadow control, which was the subject of last week’s tip. They are …

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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 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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New course added

My new courses website has only been live for a couple of weeks and it’s going great guns! I have students from the UK, Italy, Australia and France so far. What fun! cola pen in action I’ve fallen in love with dip pens over the past few weeks and my latest course shares this passion. …

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