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Beginner's Guide to Buying Gouache gouache Dec 21, 2023

Gouache has a really unique look and feel and can be more forgiving than traditional watercolour. But is it that much different from acrylic paint and what about traditional vs acrylic gouache?

In the video below, I'll cover the pros and cons of...

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Coloured Pencils Beginner Project coloured pencils Jul 24, 2023

In this coloured pencils lesson, aimed at beginners and newcomers, follow along with me as we create a simple pear study.

This project is designed to get you familiar and comfortable with the most important coloured pencil techniques that you...

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6 Mixed Media Combinations You Have To Try free lessons mixed media Nov 10, 2022

Combining two different mediums into a single drawing is a great way to mix things up, try new styles, and get creative playing about with your art materials. 

In this video, I'll show you six options for combining different...

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An Artist's Guide to Colour Schemes free lessons Jul 04, 2022

You've decided to make your next piece of art. And this one is going to be with a coloured medium.

You'd like to make full use of your artistic licence and come up with your own unique mix of colours - rather than being a slave to the...

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Pastel Painting and Your Health materials pastels Jun 20, 2022

Pastels create dust and, when inhaled, there are some concerns amongst the artist community that it can be harmful.

The worry is that dust particles can settle in the respiratory system and, over time, potentially cause problems. Some pigments may...

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How to Stretch Watercolour Paper materials waterecolour Jun 03, 2022

By Bob Davies

If you apply watercolour paint (or water) to a dry sheet of paper, it will expand where it's wet and you end up with paper that is warped and buckled, instead of nice and flat.

It's impossible to paint on printer...

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A Complete Guide to Choosing An Easel materials May 05, 2022

By Bob Davies

So you're fed up working with your paper or canvas flat on the kitchen table because it hurts your back leaning over it, whether you're standing or sitting?

And you're trying to work in your own shadow?

Or you're in full flow but...

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A Guide To Buying Pastels materials pastels May 05, 2022

This guide covers the different types of pastels available and which ones you might want to consider starting with. I’m assuming you’re either a newcomer or early on in your pastel painting adventure and my aim is to save you from lots...

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How to Use The Enveloping Method for Better Proportions charcoal drawing tips free lessons Mar 18, 2022

The enveloping method helps you to draw proportions more accurately and is often used in figure drawing. In this lesson, I take you through a drawing of a simple figure using a white charcoal pencil on a black piece of paper.

However, you can...

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Free Pen & Ink Lesson: Drawing A Skull free lessons ink Mar 16, 2022

Learn how to draw a human skull in pen and ink with this in-depth drawing tutorial. 

Materials List

Pen: I used Sakura Pigma Micron pens - a couple of small nibs and a brush pen (more like a felt pen for large areas of black). Any brand will...

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Free Pencil Drawing Lesson: Boat On A Shore free lessons graphite Mar 16, 2022

In this pencil drawing lesson, I take you through the steps to re-create this landscape scene of a small boat resting on a shore. 

Materials List

1. Paper: I used Strathmore Bristol Board (Vellum surface, which has more tooth than the Smooth...

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A Guide to Pastel Papers materials pastels Mar 14, 2022

Surface choices in most mediums are so varied nowadays that it can become a bit overwhelming. Pastel papers and surfaces are no exception!

Fortunately, we can simplify things a lot by looking at the main categories and skimming over the more...

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Five Coloured Pencil Techniques That Will Improve Your Next Drawing coloured pencils Mar 11, 2022

I'd like to share with you five techniques and tips that form the backbone of my approach to drawing with coloured pencils.

I think drawing with coloured pencils is often made far more complicated than it needs to be. Especially for...

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