Great Art Blog

Hi and welcome to my latest Great Art Materials Blog! This time I'm taking a look at this really useful set of 80  I Love Art Twin Tip Markers...

Hi! This time I'm looking at the very wonderful oil colours made by Blockx. These are unusual in that they are still hand-made in Belgium by a small family firm which is on its 5th generation of the Blockx family to produce paints and pigments...

This month's blog is aimed especially at schools, home educators and all groups who do creative work with young people! This time I'm looking at Artist Junior Acrylics by Gerstaecker These acrylic paints are available in a wide colour range including metallics and the colours are all...

Hi and welcome to my GreatArt UK blog for Spring 2016!  There will be two blogs a year from now onwards to allow me a bit more time for all my other work...

Hi and welcome to this month's Great Art Blog! This month I've been experimenting with two ranges by Derwent: XL Charcoal and XL Graphite. [caption id="attachment_1730" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Derwent XL Charcoal and Graphite[/caption] These are innovative products which are well worth trying as they are very versatile...

Hi and welcome to this month's Great Art Blog! This time I'm looking a variety of artist quality graphite (drawing) pencils. The ranges I'm looking at are:- Faber Castell (9000 Art Set) (2H-8B) (approx: price £10.90) Gerstaecker, I Love Art (6H-8B) (approx: price £ 3.50) Staedtler Mars Lumograph...

  Hello and welcome to this month's blog: Abstract Acrylics by Sennelier. [caption id="attachment_1574" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Abstract acrylics by Sennelier[/caption] This month I've been trying out a new and innovative range of acrylics by the established art materials manufacturer, Sennelier. Packaging: The first thing you notice is the novel...

  Hello and welcome to this month’s materials blog for GreatArt! This month I'm looking at Sculpture Canvas, which is a new product which allows you to produce a complex carved surface which can be painted to achieve a wide variety of different finishes. [caption id="attachment_1485" align="aligncenter" width="800"]...

Hello and welcome to this month’s GreatArt materials blog! This month is a bit different; the lovely team at GreatArt UK asked me to take a quick look at a couple of  types of frame and hopefully  help clarify how to use them. I'm looking at two...

Hello and welcome to this month’s GreatArt materials blog! This month: Professional Acrylic Markers by Royal Talens-Amsterdam and Liquitex [caption id="attachment_1288" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Acrylic markers by Liquitex and Royal Talens-Amsterdam[/caption]   This month I'm taking a look at a couple of ranges of professional quality Acrylic markers. These are...

Hello and welcome to this month’s GreatArt materials blog! This month:  Vernissage Fine Oil Colour [caption id="attachment_1187" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Testing out Vernissage Fine Oil Paints[/caption]   Oil Painting goes way back in time as an artist's medium, and indeed if you've studied Art History or spent any amount of...

Hello and welcome to this month’s materials blog for GreatArt! This month: Gerstaecker Aquarell Fine Studio Watercolours [caption id="attachment_1113" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Gerstaecker Aquarell Fine Studio watercolours[/caption] Watercolours are an ancient medium if you think of them as basically coloured pigment, suspended in water. Western artists began using a...

Hello and welcome to this month’s materials blog for GreatArt! This month: Catalyst Blades and Wedges I've been wanting to get my hands on some Blades and Wedges for a while as they looked like a really exciting and useful new product...

Hello and welcome to this month's materials blog for GreatArt! This month: I Love Art Acrylic White Brushes I'm often asked about brushes; especially which to choose for a particular medium, not to mention which shapes to go for and which sizes! As it's a big subject,...

Hello and welcome to my second materials blog for GreatArt! This month: Lino Prints, using Abig Lino cutting tools and Gerstaecker water based block printing ink. It seemed like a good idea to take a look at Lino printing, as I think many people are put off...

Hello and welcome to my new blog for GreatArt! I’ve noticed how often people lose confidence and give up doing their own Art, because specialist art materials, techniques and equipment can all seem a bit daunting. The idea of this blog is to help make a...