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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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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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Two tawny owls in ink and watercolour

Tawnies are lovely to paint – it’s all about those eyes! So, when I was asked to paint a pair on canvas to go live in a barn conversion, I jumped at the chance. Having discussed it with their soon-to-be owner we agreed on ink and watercolour on canvas in a subdued palette. Here’s how …

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