TIPS & TECHNIQUES

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    All about priming canvas

    Priming your canvas by applying a layer or two of gesso to the surface will help the colours in your work really stand out. When using oil colour on canvas, and the canvas is poorly primed, the oil may sink...

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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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    Brush glossary

    When choosing a brush, the wide selection of hair types, head shapes and handle lengths mean that there are many words used to describe the characteristics of each one. This glossary provides a guide to terms...

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    Care and cleaning of brushes

    Taking care of your brushes can save you money and time, and good quality brushes can last a lifetime if you look after them well. There are some general rules which will make sure that all of your brushes last.

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    Choosing a brush for stippling clouds

    Winsor & Newton have a wide choice of brushes to give artists the opportunity to choose them depending on how they feel to the artist. For stippling, a stencil brush would be too hard...

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    Choosing a surface for Acrylic painting

    If you enjoy working with acrylics then you have a wide range of surfaces to choose from including canvas, paper, wood, degreased leather, brickwork, or anything which is neither greasy nor too glossy.

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    Choosing a surface for oil painting

    Before mixing your oil colours, it is worth spending a little time thinking about the type of surface that you intend to put the colours on. The most common surface for oil colours and one that has been used for centuries is...

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    Choosing a Water Colour Surface

    When you use water based media, good results rely almost as much on the paper surface as on the quality of the colour used. A paper must provide a suitable surface for painting in terms of absorbency, colour and long-term stability.

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    Choosing a white in oil colour

    White has been used by artists for thousands of years, helping to provide contrast within a work, as well as conveying moods such as cleanliness, lightness and innocence. It also dominates some of the 20th century’s finest works such as Mondrian’s...

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    Choosing an Acrylic white

    There are various whites in the Winsor & Newton acrylic ranges. Each has different properties. Titanium White is the whitest and most opaque of the whites and is recommended for general use.

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    Choosing brushes for painting miniatures

    When painting miniatures, most brushes have too long a ‘hair length’ from the ferrule and most water colour brushes have so much carrying capacity that they obscure the view of the painting.

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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?