Category Archives: Drawing & Sketching

The Fabulous Autofade Pen

Use the autofade pen to trace images onto silk

This post is for those of you who haven’t yet discovered the magical autofade pen. It is a fibre tipped pen which can be used to trace or sketch out designs on fabric and paper. The violet coloured ink magically fades within 3-4 days or it can be removed immediately with water (see our page […]

The Pocket Color Wheel – a guide to mixing colour

The Pocket Color Wheel (yes color – it is made in the U.S.A.) is an essential tool for learning all about colour. The wheel consists of three cardboard discs which are joined in the centre. The middle wheel has the 12 main colours positioned equally around the edge while the discs either side have holes […]

Derwent Inktense Pencils and Inktense Blocks

The water soluble Derwent Inktense Pencils and Blocks offer the artist and textile designer exciting opportunities for experimentation. The colours can be blended together and when dissolved with water turn into permanent ink. They can be combined with other media to create a variety of stunning effects. Inktense blocks are perfect for large expressive pieces, […]

The Lead in your Pencil

Graphite The ‘lead’ in your pencil is actually made from graphite combined with a clay binder. When a vast deposit of graphite was discovered in the 16th century in Cumbria, England, it was mistaken for a form of lead ore. Local farmers had been using the graphite to mark their sheep. It was easy to […]

Types of Drawing Pastels

Pastels are made from pure finely powdered pigments which are ground into a paste with water and a gum or methyl cellulose binder. This paste is rolled into sticks and then allowed to dry. Pumice may be added to make the pastel abrasive to create more tooth on the paper surface. To create paler shades, […]

Transferring a Design onto a Lino Block

There are a number of techniques for transferring a design on to a lino block. Here is a simple method using a clip-art from your computer or an image from the internet. Using a soft lead pencil, draw a heavy outline around the image. The image above shows the reverse of the paper and the […]

Drawing with Oil Pastels

Oil Pastels

Oil pastels are a drawing medium that can be used on their own or along with other pastels. The pigment is mixed with a non-drying oil and wax binder making a soft, buttery consistency which fills the grain of the paper. They create no dust at all and can be used on almost any surface […]

Rubbers and Erasers for Artists

Artist erasers

There are a huge range of artists rubbers and erasers available on the market today. Each eraser has unique qualities to suit different situations and art styles. Here is a short overview of some of the types of eraser and brands we stock here at George Weil. Natural Rubber Erasers The Daler Rowney Mystic Eraser […]

Painting with Derwent Inktense Blocks & Pencils

These water soluble drawing blocks and pencils can be use in countless different ways to create colourful artwork. Just add water to Derwent Inktense Blocks or Pencils to produce deep and vibrant permanent, waterproof ink colours on paper or fabric. If you choose to draw on fabric, your designs on cotton or silk will be […]

A Comparison Between Coloured Pencils

Coloured pencil review

Why so many Coloured Pencils? We are often asked why we carry such a large range of coloured pencils. But what is the difference anyway? Here is a quick review of 8 of our most popular pencils, which we hope will help you to choose the coloured pencils most suited to your needs. Each of […]

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