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A beginner guide to watercolour paper

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There are three ways to make watercolour paper, each method influences the properties of the paper along with the quality of the raw materials used

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The story behind our Artist Pigment Inks

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The story behind our Artist Pigment Inks

Available to buy now! The story behind the ink Challenged by Professional Artist Michele Webber to create a new product that challenges the adverse effects of a current product on the market (more on this in the future, the product is currently in the final stages of packaging design) we began lots of different testing and as we were mid flow into testing an Idea popped into our minds whether we could create an ink based that was pigmented and lightfast, after looking into the market we saw a gap, no one was mentioning the pigments used in their inks,...

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Care of Watercolour & Oil Brushes

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Care of Watercolour & Oil Brushesto ensure the best possible performance and longest life for your brushes follow these simple rules: Always clean brushes immediately after use. Never leave brushes resting on their bristles. Shape up bristles with your fingers after cleaning. If you are storing hog brushes for any length of time, make sure they are clean and perfectly dry and keep them in a box with a tight fitting lid to avoid moth damage. If the brushes are not absolutely dry they may develop mildew. Paint should never be allowed to dry on any brush. 

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Gum Arabic Solution

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Used in the binder for Watercolour paints, it’s also available to buy as a separate solution and can be used to improve the transparency and gloss of the watercolour, it can also be used to slow the drying time and can also be used for controlling spread when painting wet-on-wet Professional Artist Michele Webber’s YouTube video: 8 Clever Gum Arabic Tricks (For Watercolor!) explains some very useful tips and trick for this medium It can be bought and used to make your own watercolour paints (with a few axillary materials) but be aware that all manufactures will have a slightly...

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Pigments and Dyes

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Colourants can be classified into two categories: Pigments & Dyes Pigments Pigments are solid, decorative materials in the form of small discrete particles that are insoluble in the medium in which they are applied to, they can be inorganic or organic and are coloured, black or white materials which are practically insoluble and are suspended within a medium. Since they are suspended in the binder the physical condition of the particles is hugely important, this is why manufactures rigidly control production conditions to ensure uniformity within each production batch as the smallest change can drastically affect the shade and strength...

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