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Everything You Need To Know About Paint Palettes

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What makes a palette a good palette? I used to think simple scrap paper or wax paper would be fine (spoiler: it’s not!). There’s something to be said...

Paintbrush Quality: Why it Matters

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What do you look for when picking out your painting essentials? In this blog post, we’ll be taking an extra close look at paintbrush quality – what affects...

Masking Tape Mania

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Unmasking the Mask One nifty tool that I discovered late in my watercolour journey was masking/artist’s tape. Not only does it instantly help with any paper warping problems,...

How to Keep Making Art During a Stressful Time

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We’ve all been there before: You want to make art, but you’re not doing it. You have plenty of ideas, making art your favourite thing, but you’re just...

Plein Air Painting for Beginners

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Painting from nature can be fun and rewarding. It's nice to go outside on a beautiful day and find something that captivates your attention, even better when it...

How to Paint Fire

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Dangerous yet mesmerising, fire is the element that is arguably the most difficult to paint out of the different elements (which according to the Ancient Greeks are fire,...

Mixing White Gouache with Watercolour

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Did you know that you can experiment with gouache without committing to the purchase of an entire set? All you need to start is White gouache! It can be...

Tips and Ideas for Pearlescent Watercolours

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Have you ever tried pearlescent or metallic watercolours? I’m not a “bling” on everything kind of girl, but I believe that a little bit of sparkle makes everything...

Fixing Watercolour Paintings with Coloured Pencils

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Watercolours are infamous for being unforgiving because of their transparent nature. Also, the way water flows add extra unpredictability. So it’s very common to have paintings that don’t...

Simplifying Color Choice with Split Complementary Color Schemes

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In my previous blog post, we made a colour wheel from an existing watercolour palette and talked about the importance of knowing colour complements. A colour’s complement is its direct...