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    What are Drying Oils?

    Drying and semi-drying oils are the vegetable oils used to make oil colour, namely linseed, poppy and safflower. The different methods of processing oils produce products with different drying rates, consistencies and colour.

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    The best way to use aerosol varnishes

    To make the most of your Winsor & Newton aerosol varnishes, here are few tips on how to use them and how to avoid clogging of the nozzle. Try not to store aerosols below 15'C (59'F). If they have been stored around...

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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

    Adhere to the following three standards of brush care and you’ll be well equipped with the knowledge to keep your prized materials in a state to produce stellar creative results.

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    How to fit canvas wedges

    The canvas tension of any Winsor & Newton stretched & primed canvas should be suitable for painting on without the use of the wedges. However after a period of time either after or during painting, the tension...

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    Tips for choosing a surface for drawing and sketching

    Artist’s sketch and draw on many different surfaces but the most popular surface for drawing and sketching is cartridge paper. Cartridge paper obtained its name from being used to wrap gunpowder for cartridges...

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    Tips for using Distilled Turpentine vs. Artists' White Spirit

    Both Distilled Turpentine and Artists' White spirit can be used for diluting oil colour and cleaning brushes. There are however distinct differences between these two solvents. Distilled Turpentine is more viscous than...

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    Understanding the difference between Canvas and Linen

    Canvas can mean different things to different people. In the context of painting, the word ‘canvas’ means a fabric used as a painting surface. The difference is that sometimes the canvas is made from...

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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...