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    Three Ways to Make an Impact With Inks

    Since their introduction in the 1890s, Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks have been used by illustrators, artists, designers and other notable creatives. Available in a broad palette including shiny metallics, bold primaries, deep autumnal colours and a classic Black Indian Ink...

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    All you need to know about varnishing paintings

    To ensure your finished oil or acrylic painting to stay looking its best then adding the right varnish in the right way will be a sound investment. Varnish protects the painting from dirt and dust and evens out...

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    Intermixability of Drawing Inks

    All colours in the range of Drawing Inks are intermixable, however Gold and Silver should be added to other inks in small quantities to avoid thickening. In addition, mixtures of Gold and Silver should not be stored as they...

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    Five Water Colour Mediums that Will Transform Your Art in 2015

    Whether you are blending, adding texture or layering and juxtaposing washes within your water colour practice, our phenomenal range of mediums will add new dimensions to your artwork, potentially reinventing your paintings altogether...

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    How To: Get the Most Out of Professional Water Colour Sticks

    The debut of Winsor & Newton’s Professional Water Colour Sticks marked an innovative leap for the medium. Introducing a versatile, fresh new take on painting in water colour, the Sticks allow for fluid movement between drawing and painting, working wet and dry, and mixing with traditional forms of water colour.

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    Tips for choosing a surface for pastels

    The beauty of pastel is best exploited by using a paper with some degree of texture; not only because the pastel has a surface to adhere to but because the visual effects are more varied than when using smooth sheets.

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    The difference between solvent-based and water-based varnishes

    Solvent-based varnishes are based on synthetic resins dissolved in petroleum solvents similar to white spirit. They may be used to varnish both oil colour and acrylic paintings but brushes must be cleaned with white spirit after use.

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    Drying times for Japan Goldsize

    Used for gilding and exterior varnishing, Japan Gold Size is very fast drying and will be dry...

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    Using the different Art Masking Fluids

    When you want the freedom to apply broad colour washes across your painting surface but do not want the colour wash to cover key details within a composition...

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    Using brushes with art masking fluid

    Using a brush repeatedly for art masking fluid will certainly damage the brush over time. Although some artists swear by vaseline, soap or petrol, our tests do not show any of these methods to be 100% reliable or safe.

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    Choosing your brush

    Walk into any artists’ store and the sheer number of brushes on display can at first seem overwhelming. Whether to choose natural or synthetic fibres? Which head shape is most suitable? Is it best to go for the most expensive?

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    What is the definition of Hue in a colour name?

    "Hue" literally means colour and when it is used in a colour name, it indicates that a modern pigment has been used instead of the traditional one. For example, 'Cadmium Red Pale Hue' is a 'colour of cadmium red pale'.